Route Guide    Partners    Forum    Photos    What's New    Journal        
Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
Wallula Gap

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Astroknot S 
Curious Gorge T 
Death By Jenga S 
Double The Sun S 
Feelin 22 T 
Granola in my Chacos T 
Hang Loose T 
I'm Pro Choss and I Bolt S 
Indirect Irregular West Face Buttress (IIWFB) T,TR 
Jimgermanclimb S 
Jokulhaup S 
Jungle Butt T,TR 
Kolkulator S 
Loess Without You S 
Lovin' on the Run T 
Mafic Wave S 
Martini, The S 
Mundercling, The S 
Prime Rib S 
R. Kelly S 
Red Planet (AKA The Sit Clip) S 
Rhondomlette Memorial Route, The T 
Rump Roast S 
Sage S 
Sangria Seam T 
Short Rib S 
Soulacoaster S,TR 
Taqueria Dreams T 
Terroirist, The S 
Trapped in the Corner T 
Wallulove S 
Welcome To Wallula S 
Why Aren't You Longer? T 

Wallula Gap  Rock Climbing 


Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 450'
Location: 46.03662, -118.93495 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 5,400
Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Kemper Brightman on May 16, 2014
Forecast:
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [1 person likes this page.]
Brandon takes a sunset lap on "Loess Without ...

Description 

Wallula Gap or perhaps more appropriately, “The Loo”, is a basalt cliff band perched above the Columbia River a few hundred meters off the side of Highway 730. The climbs here are short, sometimes chossy and often one-move-wonders. Still, people stop by on the way to or from Portland just to stretch their legs, local college students come out to blow off steam after class or spend a lazy Sunday on the rock and locals stop by to put down a few routes after work.

Currently there are 34 routes on the lower cliff, with possibility for more development. There’s a mix of trad and sport lines ranging from 5.3 to 5.11. Conveniently, many of the trad lines share anchors with sport climbs, or are accessible from the top. Thus, a rack is not necessary, but can be worth wile if you want to mix things up. Inset bolts at the top of the cliff can be used to set up TR's if you have long webbing and don't want to lead. Most routes are between 20 and 35 feet long, so you can leave the 70m rope at home.

The upper cliff hosts several 60' routes from 5.4 to 5.9 on extremely fractured basalt entablature. There is potential for routes on this second cliff but very extensive cleaning is required. At the moment few make the trek up due to the questionable rock quality and longer approach.

Weather
When it comes to weather, the gap is almost always better than walla walla. It’s not uncommon to leave Walla Walla in the rain or inversion and climb in direct sun at wallula. The west aspect of the cliff makes The Loo a perfect candidate for the sunset session on a clear afternoon. This orientation also means the area remains climbable (for the hardy) throughout the year, summer mornings and winter afternoons are the way to go if you just need to scratch the itch for real rock. The one thing that can really blow your day at wallula is the wind. Anything above 20 mph will make it hard to communicate with your belayer (even though you can practically touch them).

A Printable PDF guide can be found HERE

Getting There 

From Walla Walla, Drive west on HWY. 12 to intersection with HWY. 730. Continue onto HWY. 730 for about two miles untill the road starts heading due south. Pulloff on west side of road between Two Sisters and Walla Walla Yacht Club (Port Kelly). It's an easier hike to the lower cliff if you drive past the first small pullout and park in the next (farther south) pullout which is much bigger. The hike in from the 2nd pullout, which diagonals across the slope rather than going straight up, is slightly longer but causes much less erosion.

Climbing Season

For the Southeast Corner area.

Weather station 15.2 miles from here

33 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',4],['5.8',6],['5.9',8],['5.10',7],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wallula Gap

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wallula Gap :
Sage   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
Taqueria Dreams   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad   
Feelin 22   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad   
Red Planet (AKA The Sit Clip)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport   
The Martini   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Wallula Gap

Featured Route For Wallula Gap
Rock Climbing Photo: The Martini, seen from the trail

The Martini 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  WA : Southeast Corner : Wallula Gap
You’ll quickly encounter the crux on this climb. The rest of the route lets you celebrate pulling the first few moves. Start left and move right through the bulge. If the going gets too tough, lower from the second bolt and start right of the arête in the corner. Named for the shape seen when looking at the arete directly from the trail....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

Photos of Wallula Gap Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: View across the lower walls
View across the lower walls
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Cliff overview photo. Trad climbs are dashed...
BETA PHOTO: Lower Cliff overview photo. Trad climbs are dashed...
Rock Climbing Photo: morning shade at the loo
morning shade at the loo
Rock Climbing Photo: The cliff band seen from the approach trail
BETA PHOTO: The cliff band seen from the approach trail

Comments on Wallula Gap Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -