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Peshastin Pinnacles State Park

Photo By Frank Cone

Best time to go: Mid-April through mid-October

How to get there: Peshastin Pinnacles is located in Dryden, about halfway between Leavenworth and Wenatchee. Driving from Wenatchee, turn right on North Dryden Road and the park is about a half mile farther and on your right.

Highlights: Jutting out of the hillside, the Peshastin Pinnacles are Swauk sandstone crags perched above the fruit orchards of the Wenatchee Valley. The popularity of this unique climbing spot has waned over the years, which is actually great news for climbers. There’s rarely a wait to climb the most popular routes and it’s an excellent place for beginner and intermediate climbers to hone their skills. The Peshastin Pinnacles offers friction climbing of various routes on the seven biggest sandstone slabs: Orchard Rock, Martian Slab, Dinosaur Tower, Sunset Slab, Grand Central Tower, Austrian Slab, Sickle Slab and Vulture Slab to name a few. There are a few crack climbs here as well. Route difficulty ranges from 5.0 to 5.10a.

Lowlights: The soft sandstone crumbles easily, which makes it less desirable to some climbers. Many of the routes here are bolt protected because of this. Also, there is not the wide variation in the routes that you might find elsewhere in Washington.

Things to know: The majority of routes here are bolt protected but quite a few require gear. A standard rack will be enough to climb most routes. A Discover Pass is required for parking. There are facilities in the parking lot.

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