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Tieton

 
Tieton

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 46.71820°N / 120.835°W

Object Title: Tieton

Elevation: 2200 ft / 671 m

 

Page By: Martin Cash

Created/Edited: Oct 5, 2005 / Apr 4, 2006

Object ID: 154787

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Overview

Tieton (pronounced Tie it en) is a rockclimbing destination in central Washington State consisting of Andesite columns and walls. This area is an excellent location for fall to spring cragging with it's dry desert enviornment and high quality crack and face climbing. The Tieton River Canyon is located in the rain shadow of Mount Rainier. Currently there are almost 400 routes on 21 different formations. Route lengths vary from a single pitch to seven pitches.

Tieton has always been known for its crack climbing. The first cracks were ascended in the 1960s using hammers and pitons with difficulties up to the 5.10 level. The 1970s brought new hardware and many strong climbers to the area pushing the difficulty into the 5.11s. Recently, some new development specifically the Wall of Many Faces, The Cave, Lava Point, The Dream Wall, and The Honeycomb Buttress has included bolted sport climbing as well.

The rock at Tieton is Andesite, which is similar to Basalt, but much more solid. Andesite is a gray to black volcanic rock with between about 52 and 63 weight percent silica (SiO2). Andesites contain crystals composed primarily of plagioclase feldspar and one or more of the minerals pyroxene (clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene) and lesser amounts of hornblende.

Route Overview

Climbing AreaNumber of RoutesTrad PercentageMin. DifficultyMax. Difficulty
Tim's Pond Wall475%5.75.9
Royal Columns6985%5.35.12A
Tieton Wall4100%5.65.11B
The Bend6684%5.65.12A
Moon Rocks2576%5.35.12A
The Oasis160%5.85.12A
Cat In The Hat30%5.11B5.12A
The Cave4612%5.65.12C
Rainbow Rocks2442%5.75.12B
Lava Point400%5.95.11D
The Caldera70%V1V6
Honeycomb Buttress120%5.65.13
Wildcat Wall2692%5.85.12B
Goose Egg Mountain1080%5.85.11C
Kloochman Rock425%5.65.10D
Reservoir Wall850%5.95.11C
South Fork2270%5.75.12A
The Talon4100%5.75.10C

Getting There

Tieton is located west of Yakima and Naches along highway 12. From Portland, take I5 north to route 12 east. From Seattle, follow I90 east to Ellenburg, then route 97 south to Yakima, then route 12 west to Tieton. The first climbing area, the Royal Columns, are about 30 minutes west of Yakima.

Seasonal Closures

From February 1st to April 1st of each year, the Royal Columns and The Bend are closed for Raptor nesting. For 2006, the Bend is closed until August 1st, because of a nest at that crag.

Red Tape

A Washington State Fish and Wildlife Permit is required to park at most trailheads. For information on where to obtain this call 1-866-246-9453 or visit this website. The permit costs $10.

When To Climb

Tieton is a fall, winter, and spring cragging location. It is very hot and dry during the summer and is not recommended then.

Camping

Between White Pass and Naches, there are nine Forrest Service Campgrounds. Unfortunately, they are closed during the fall, winter, and part of the spring. The best place to stay would be a motel in Yakima, 30 minutes from the climbing area.

Mountain Conditions

Forecast at Weather.com

Forecast at the National Weather Service

Ratings

The ratings at Tieton are said to be "old school" by climbers visiting here for the first time. The ratings tend to be similar to Yosemite or Index, so if you are coming from a place with softer grades like Vantage, Smith, Squamish, or Exit 38, add 1 grade and you should feel right at home.

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