Wild Walls – Wild Walls is a great resource for the Spokane climbing community. It is a fantastic place to learn the climbing essentials (they offer a belaying class). Climbing indoors is a great way to hone your skills and strength over the winter months. Wild Walls offers two crags and a flat wall for top rope climbing, a newly expanded bouldering are with a top out boulder, and fixed draws for lead climbing if you are certified with them. They offer $5 climbing, harness, and shoe rentals on Fri nights from 4-10pm if you show your student ID. We offer a shuttle from DeSmet circle for students Fridays during the school year from 5:30-8pm. For more information click here.
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Minnehaha– This is a great location for Top Roping and Bouldering, however trad and (minimal) sport also available. Due to the location and close density of climbs, this place makes for a good quick afternoon outing or an all day play around on the rocks with friends. If you go in a large group remember to be respectful of other groups using the area. Minnehaha is a great place to bring first time and newer outdoor climbers as it has many beginner grade climbs which can be top roped. Despite this Minnehaha saves a few fun and lesser known challenges for the well versed. For more information click here.
Post Falls – Great for moderate sport climbing; tons of stuff in the 5.8-5.10 range for those working on leading. Top Roping is possible, but not as accessible as minne due to limited walk around possibility and moderate amounts of rope drag present on numerous routes. Trad climbs are there but far outnumbered by sport. There’s a pay station open seasonally (usually just summer). You can generally park on the street just outside the main parking area to avoid the pay.
Deep Creek– This is where you go to get pumped. This is the highest concentration of hard climbs in Spokane, and where you’ll always find one or two locals that climb hard and can/will spray beta for pretty much any route there. It’s all sport, and the easiest “warm up” is an 11a called “The Roach”. Bring a rope, stick clip if you want to for projecting, and your A-game. Most of the climbs that are 12a or above have draws and anchors, but bring 6 draws for the Roach (more if you want to try routes without fixed gear). The pit is home to more climbs in the 5.11 range. A discover pass is required for parking.
Rocks of Sharon– This is an awesome crag for multi-pitch climbing. The hike in is either short (1 mile) and steep or longer (3 miles) and more gradual. There are climbs from 5.4 up to 5.13. This is a great place to learn how to multi-pitch climb, so bring a friend with some experience or ask one of our lovely adventure leaders who know. There is one wall with three easier (5.8/5.9) single-pitch routes. Rocks of Sharon has one of the best views of the Palouse in the fall- it’s totally worth the hike!
REI– Everyone knows REI. Check out the local stores first, and if they don’t have what you need, there’s always REI.
Inland Northwest Rock Climbs is the guide to get for local Spokane areas such as Minnehaha, Post Falls, Deep Creek, Dishman, Banks Lake, and China Bend.
Climbing the Rocks of Sharon is a brand new guidebook for Rocks of Sharon, and can be purchased at Mountain Gear.