Santiam Pinnacle Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Santiam Pinnacle from road.
An andesite pinnacle of pretty good rock located a very short walk from highway 20. It has a few described routes, the most popular of which is the South Face route. The lower pitches are likely very mossy, but the sun-exposed upper pitches are pretty clean.
Olson's Northwest Oregon Rock also has some decent info, pictures, and topos of the handful of routes on Santiam Pinnacle and Gonzo Pinnacle immediately north.
From the east, take highway 20 14 miles from the intersection of 20 and 22. From the west, take highway 20 to milepost 60.5. Park in turn outs on either north or south sides of the road. The pinnacle is located on the north side of the road. You should be able to see much of the upper pinnacle from the road.
Access by a faint climber's trail that starts on the west-most side (climber's left) of the turn out and immediately goes east (climber's right) across a small rocky wash out. You should be able to pick up the trail again. If you find yourself going directly up a loose rocky gully, you probably turned too soon before finding the path.
Climbing Season For the Willamette Valley area.
Weather station 15.5 miles from here
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Featured Route For Santiam Pinnacle
South Face 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b OR
: Willamette Valley
: Santiam Pinnacle
P1: Start in the corner, finding some bolts hidden among the moss. Follow bolts up, then right onto slabby cleaner rock. Belay from a 2 bolt anchor at a good ledge next to a tiny tree.P2: Head out on the slabby face. Climb steepens about mid-way (crux). Belay from 2 bolt anchor on good ledge at the mouth of a large chimney feature.P3: Do a few stemming moves near the outside of the chimney, then move onto the face. Trend right on the slab, then left toward the notch between the 2 parts of the p...[more] Browse More Classics in OR