Squamish is getting solid rain on Saturday and Monday with showers all week so we're relocating. Mazama is overcast with showers on Saturday, Tieton is however bone dry.
Getting there: Jump on I-90. Take exit 110 toward Yakima. Then take exit 31A-31B towards Naches. This puts you on US-12W (Naches is a great spot to pull in and grab water, food, booze, firewood and other essentials from the store there. If you are going to gas up, the first stations are the most expensive).
Join us for an evening sport climb at Lava Point (follow the directions for camping and keep going until the road turns into an offroad track. Park there and you will see cairns on the left marking the start of the trail that takes you straight there.
Depending on time we might also try and search for the access point to neighboring Dream Wall.
A trip back to Windy Point and the Oasis
Park on the side of the road opposite Windy Point campground which is here (and well signposted)...
And across 12 to the north you can see the area.
Just hike up and join us on the far left side of the formation, the trail starts a little ways right of the sign....
If it starts getting too hot, we can cross the canyon and go to Moon Rocks (just down the road) which get's shade until about 3pm (you'll need a Discover Pass for this one). There are sport climbs and we can set up topropes by hiking up and around in order to play on the trad stuff.
Free camping and food, drink, fire, conversation.
Head along US-12W. Turn right onto Soup Creek Road (if you reach the dam, you've gone too far), cross the cattle grid and keep taking lefts.
Then when you see this...
Head right, not left (like the guidebook says) and then along NF-344 there are tons of little sites to just pull off and camp where ever you want, no pass needed. That's where we'll be staying.
Straight to The Cave, which is located between mile post 175 & 176. Park in the established turnout adjacent to the river, cross the road and hike up (10-15 mins)
It has oodles of sport climbs in a wide variety of grades not covered on the climbing websites (and an ancient pictograph as well) and many of the routes are three or four star rated.
And, if we start to get cooked and need a break, there's always the Royal Columns or Moon Rocks.
Pop into Naches to resupply if need be (there's the Walkabout Creek Bar if you fancy normal booze, food, AC and a chance to wash), then more food, drink, fire, conversation.
We can out this to a vote Sunday night - Moon Rocks, Royal Columns, Lava Point, Dream Wall, etc. Just remember any departure that puts you on I-90 near Cle Elem in the late afternoon may result in a huge delay because of traffic (Memorial Day we had two hours added to the journey time because of it)
I'll email all the rsvp-ers nearer the date and we can trade
numbers to ensure late arrivals or lostee's (it happens) can locate us or catch up or get directions (if I don't reply immediately give it a little while, I might be climbing, belaying someone, or just out of breath from hiking)
Basically when you see the champagne colored Toyota Corola with
the 'LA County Coroner' sticker you're in the right place. At the crags look for the 'Union Jack' painted climbing helmet.
Stuff to Bring
Essentials: Harness, shoes, water, sunblock.
Would be handy if you have them: Rope, helmet, quickdrawers, ATC, cams, chalk, anchors, safety slings and such.
Camping: Tent, food, firewood, sleeping bag.