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Riverside (Riverside) Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 900'
Location: 48.48729, -119.47963 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Riverside from the other side of the river


The distinctive low angled flatirons east of Riverside and the Okanogan River have an abundance of granitic metamorphic rock (mylonite) on public lands (state DNR). Access to much of this is blocked by private property along the valley, but there is a small section of land about 2 mile SE of the Riverside bridge where the public land comes down to the road.

There are several distinct areas on the west face;
Upper West Face - North Side - The slabs to the far left above the parking area.
Upper West Face - South Side - The short band of white cliffs to the right of the crest of the hill above the parking area.
Lower West face - South Side - The large domelike formation just SE of the parking area.

There is also potential climbing on the east facing cliffs in the parallel valleys to the north and east (head across the slabs to the north or continue up the scree slope above the parking area to access these isolated undeveloped areas).

Note to all climbers this is not a popular or well developed climbing area, and although it is on public land it is also highly visible to local residents and even travelers on Hwy 97. Please do your best to minimize your impact and presence; pack it in-pack it out, and leave no trace. Potential route developers, please respect local etiquette and make any bolts or top anchors camouflaged, use stainless steel hardware as much as possible and don't mix your metals. Any comments and input on existing or new routes is much appreciated.

Note - a key to route descriptions;
NAME; grade and quality (* - good, ** - very good, *** - great, **** - world class classic); (length); type of pro. used - G = natural/gear, F = fixed (b - bolt, p - piton, fn - fixed nut), M = mixed (gear and fixed); TR = toprope, R = runout/dangerous, PG = scary/risky; Description;

When to Climb
Despite what MP says about the best seasons to climb (see chart below) climbing at Riverside is best when the snakes are hibernating - usually late October to early April. Depending on the weather conditions rock climbing may be possible any of these winter months, but is usually good by February. Summers can be very hot but early morning starts are doable.

Getting There 

From Hwy 97 turn off to Riverside (about 7 miles north of Omak or 16 miles south of Tonasket), cross the Okanogan River, turn right and head south.

Park along the road 1.8 miles south of the Riverside bridge on the east side of the river (at the bend in the road 2/10th of a mile north of where the road comes closest to both the railroad and river), and hike up the boulder covered slope to the west facing cliffs.

Climbing Season

For the Okanogan area.

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

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