Located about midway up the Tieton River Canyon, the Cave has close to 50 routes, nearly all of them sport climbs. The highlight is the Middle Wall, a 100-foot face of blocky, sometimes overhanging entablature rock chock full of 5.11s. The Middle Wall is flanked on either side by lower (~ 40 foot) columns, with Mark's Wall on the left and the Oak Wall on the right.
The Oak Wall and Middle Wall face southeast and get morning sun, coming into the shade in early afternoon in summer. Winter climbing at the Cave is often possible (with the sun staying on the crag longer than in summer), although Mark's Wall can be windy.
The crag's name might seem puzzling, since there's no apparent cave anywhere at the cliff. The name comes from a cave on the far left (west) end of the formation, out of sight and beyond all the established routes. It's not a climbing feature. If you explore, don't be surprised if a raven suddenly explodes from a dark recess and you whap your head on the ceiling.
Heading west on Highway 12, pass the twin bridges over the Tieton at Windy Point. After rounding a rightward bend and coming upon a slow vehicle lane (around MP 175), look up the hill to the right for the crag. Turn left into a gravel parking area directly below the crag, just before another rightward bend in the highway. (There's dirtbag camping by the river here.)
A trail begins directly across the highway from the parking area, reaching the crag at Mark's Wall.
Weather station 3.4 miles from here
20 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Cave
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Cave:
Featured Route For The Cave
Mass Wasting 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Washington
: Tieton River
: ... : Middle Wall
Climb 5.8 in a corner up to a two-bolt anchor, then continue up moderate terrain with some moves past a roof at ~5.10d or so to a ledge where the route cuts right and through the crux roof. Clip a long draw on the bolt below the roof and set off on the adventure. Watch out for a hollow-sounding block that you end up hugging with both hands. Good holds bring you to the next bolt, but things get quite a bit more difficult for the next two clips. Sloping holds below the roof get you to some cri...[more] Browse More Classics in Washington