The Index “Town Walls” comprise some of the steepest, highest quality, most concentrated granite cragging in the Pacific Northwest, and the highest concentration of steep, high quality climbs can be found in the Lower Town Wall proper, that is, everything between the Free Area (now more often referred to as the Great Northern Slab area) ending at Roger’s Corner, and the somewhat suspect cliffs of the Quarry Wall. With an approach time of minutes, a southern exposure, and a wide range of crack climbing challenges from 5.9 to 5.13c, many of which are considered classics, the Lower Town Wall is quite justly the most popular of the Index crags. Although almost all of these routes feature additional pitches, these are nearly always harder and/or dirtier. User discretion advised.
Turn off of Hwy 2 onto Index-Galena Rd and then turn left over a bridge to the town of Index itself. At the second stop sign turn left, and then at the next stop sign turn right. After the camping area by the river a gravel parking lot will be visible on the right. From the parking lot walk over the railroad tracks toward the cliff and turn right at the base, the first few climbs listed will be just before the trail cuts down past a massive stump.
These are by no means all of the routes in this area. The idea here is to document most of the popular 5.9 - 5.11- routes and leave the innumerable variation to the guidebooks. The star ratings are purely my own opinion, and are relative only to the other routes on this page - all are high quality climbs. Princely Ambitions (5.9 ****) - technically a two pitch route but no one ever does the second pitch, good to combine with Tuna Boaters if you are up for the grade. Tuna Boaters (5.10d **) - steep finger crack leads to a flaring chimney that leaders tend to squeeze through and followers lie-back. Iron Horse (5.12 or C2 **) - a lower-angle City Park, pin scars make for secure nut placements but the transition off the mid-route slab gets interesting. Sagittarius (5.10b, full route 5.11 ***) - burly; don’t let the traverse scare you, its the easiest part of the entire pitch, best to run-out the middle section, nasty things can happen to ropes and cams behind the massive flake.
24 Hour Buccaneer (5.11b R **) - tips jams, crimps, bad protection, ends at a chain anchor Thin Fingers (5.11a ***) - thin fingers, then a slab move or two, and then over-hanging hands Tatoosh (5.10a ***) - used to be considered a dangerous 10b, got cleaned a couple years ago and now its like an easier version of Sloe Children, some find it easier than Godzilla.