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Tum Tum Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: kBobby on Jun 18, 2012
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John leading the 5.10b pitch.


Good solid granite cracks and slab, this place really deserves to be more popular than it is. Currently, the routes are somewhat dirty and mossy, and definitely need some TLC. If people climbed here more often, this would be some of the best trad climbing in the area. There is also plenty of room for development, both trad and sport.

Some of the bolted slab routes have studs that are missing hangers.

If you climb here, I recommend bringing a large brush, especially for the slab routes.

WARNING: There are rattlesnakes in this area.

Getting There 

30 miles from downtown Spokane. These directions assume you are coming from the city.

  • Head out Northwest Blvd. It turns into 9-Mile Road, and eventually Corkscrew Highway. All are still the same road (Hwy 291).
  • Past the town of Tum Tum, you will go through a switchback up and to the north, then around a bend back south towards Long Lake.
  • Soon, you will pass some amazing looking granite cliffs with houses and mobile homes in front of them on your right. These, unfortunately, are not your destination.
  • Continue until you see the dark colored slabs on the right that come very close to the road. There will be a parking lot, and a boulder with a chainlink fence around it (the pictographs). Park here (Discovery Pass Required).

There are trails here that go up to the smaller and higher domes, or head east back down the road to a clearing for the Apron and the Banana Split Dome.

Climbing Season

For the Spokane Area area.

Weather station 12.4 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tum Tum

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tum Tum:
Battle Scar Galactica   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 25'   Bouldering
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Featured Route For Tum Tum
Rock Climbing Photo: Hanging Tree removed from Pit Bull wall

Swinging Under the Hangin' Tree 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Washington : Northeast Corner & Spokane : ... : Pitbull Wall
Middle sport route. Stout start to the diagonal, large crack and then straight up the face with a hand crack that dwindles down to a final crux. Cleaned up and established by Kevin Driscoll and Troy Isakson after removal of a "Hanging Tree" that covered the entire route....[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By Kevin Driscoll
Oct 14, 2015
Many new routes have been added and the old ones upgraded and cleaned in 2015. Plenty of variety for all levels of climbing ability. Longest multi pitch sport routes in the area. Beautiful setting overlooking Long Lake and close to Spokane.
By Troy Isakson
From: Spokane, WA
Jun 8, 2016
Access update....All routes near and north of the state parking lot are on state land. Highway Rock and Banana Split Dome are on two separate pieces of private property. Access is permissible for the upper half of Highway Rock (The Apron) and Banana Split Dome as this is on a larger piece of land owned by a landowner that has given permission to climb. However, the base of Highway Rock is on a small four acre piece of land that is off-limits per this land owner. Please stay off the land at the base of Highway Rock/The Apron. This makes many new sport routes inaccessible. Please respect this land owner's wishes and do not climb or be at the base of Highway Rock. Highway Rock is the big slab area close to the highway with the sweeping overhang in the middle. This includes the climbs left and right of Orion. If access is granted in the future, we will update on here.
By Pete Spri
Oct 14, 2016
As of summer 2016, the owner has posted signs all over the base of Tum Tum for no trespassing. Super lame to have someone going there and bolting the crap out of private land and not keeping a low profile - you really blew it for those of us that enjoyed the area!

And the bolted cracks too - just an incredible shame and lack of ethics and judgement.

Should I go on about how the "developer" didn't even research MP and climbed a route already done and posted a year before? You guys are bolting over an area that has been climbed because you aren't reading up on the history of the area. Don't make me chop this - get yourself under control and read some old guide books before screwing up this rock more.
By Troy Isakson
From: Spokane, WA
Jan 17, 2017
Pete, the developer has purchased the land and it is now privately owned by him. Permission was granted by the previous land owner to climb and bolt before the land transferred ownership. So, yes, he did do research and inquire before bolting. There was a misunderstanding as to where the exact property line was near the base of the Apron/Highway Rock. I don't think the owner who put up the signs for that area was even really aware of where the line is either. The developer has talked to them and everything is fine, but they don't know what they want to do with the property at this point, thus the No Trespassing signs. Those climbs on this tiny sliver of land will be accessible soon, hopefully. But ALL of the upper climbs and the property to the east with Banana Split Dome are all on the developer's property now. If you want to climb there, go in through the gate to the east and park near the picnic tables... Just updating you on what happened there so there's no misunderstanding as to access, etc. Also, countless hours of time was spent by him and other volunteers making trail, cleaning rock, and providing access to the many cliffs in the area, so nothing is "screwed up". Not to mention the price of the 35 acres that he purchased with his own money to allow climbers access to this area. If you want to criticize bolting of Banana Split pitch one, talk to the owner, I don't think he felt that pitch one was safe to do on lead or it at least needed a bolt or two, I'm not sure really. I sport climb mostly :)

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