Spokane Area Rock Climbing
Spokane climbing: hardly world class, but hard to beat! What other metro area has nine climbing areas within a twenty minute drive? Here is a list of the crags with distance from town and whatever else I think is pertinent. Minnehaha
: Decent trad and poorly protected sport climbs, on granite, right in town / 70+ routes, 100+ boulder / most are within 50 yards of parking lot / kid friendly / Popular toprope area.If you climb here long enough you may see someone LEAD A ROUTE!!
. Props to the hardmen that put them up- some really bold 11's and 12's were put up back in the day! Dishman
: Mostly 5.11 and 5.12 sport climbing on slightly overhanging granite right in town / 38 routes / 2 minute approach/ The terrain is kid friendly and Dishman has cleaned up quite a bit in the last 5 years. The water tower leak was fixed, which got rid of the standing water and the mosquito problem. Mirabeau
: Small sport area with some excellent 5.7 to 5.12c climbing right next to the Valley YMCA (join the Y, put the crumb-snatchers in free daycare and go climbing, you're pretty much close enough to get away with it for years- or so I hear
). The crag is really kid-friendly too. Well bolted for safe leads, most are also top-ropeable. Cliff Drive
: Very short but pumpy, well-bolted routes, on basalt, right in the heart of town. / 20 routes / 1 minute approach. It's like a free climbing gym. Liberty Park
: 4 or 5 steep boulder problems in a basalt cave in the 'hood / 1 minute approach / it's a nice park, just not the best part of town. Rocks of Sharon
: 60 + routes and some pretty good scenery on Tower Mountain./ 5 miles from the south end of town / 15 or 20 minute approach (great for kids if they can handle a steep 15 minute approach hike). Deep Creek
: 60+ great sport routes on steep basalt 4 miles from the Nortwest edge of town/ 5-15 minute approach / kid friendly / You can climb main wall on a rainy day. No toprope routes, but safely bolted for leading. McLellan
: 80+ trad, sport, and boulder problems on granite with lots of new route development / 16 mi. from the Northwest edge of town.
Tumtum: 23 mi. Northwest / 25+ routes- / 5-20 min. approach/ mostly trad and some bouldering and runout sport, 5.0 to 5.12. Hard to find your way around and some scrambly approaches;
Post Falls (Q'Emiln Park): 80+ sport routes and a few trad climbs on granite /17 miles from the East end of town / Very kid-friendly/ best 5.10 and below sport climbing. Death Fall Wall has rainy day climbs. Beware the Pernicious Grade Creep! With grades as soft as a baby's bum, you're sure to climb harder in no time!
Buy Inland Northwest Rock Climbs by Marty Bland
at Mountain Gear
to check out good hard sport climbing just a little further north in Marcus, Metaline Falls,
and China Bend
. The climbing at Lake Koocanusa (Stone Hill)
is also worth checking out. Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)
is only a couple hour drive on I-90 and offers something like seven hundred routes.
Go to individual pages for directions to the crags
Weather station 5.0 miles from here
341 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',26],['3 Stars',130],['2 Stars',124],['1 Star',30],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Spokane Area
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Spokane Area:
Featured Route For Spokane Area
The Prow 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Washington
: Northeast Corner & Spokane
: ... : Secondary Face
I think this is the best sport lead at Minnehaha, and one of the best 10d's in the area. It is also quite a safe lead; unusual for Minne. There used to be a scary runout to the chains, but a bolt has been added since Marty's book came out. The Prow requires some long moves to good crimps and has jugs when you need them to clip. The crux is between the second and third bolt. First bolt is sort of high, so pay attention....[more] Browse More Classics in Washington