Rock Climbing in Colchuck Balanced Rock: Leche La Vaca Route, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Top elevation:
Skill level required:
grade III, class 5,10
Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in North Central Washington and lies on the west side of the Columbia River. The city is also known as the Apple Capital of the world, due to the valley's many apple cultivations.

Colchuck Balanced Rock is located above the Colchuck Lake at the Eastern end of the Stuart Range. In order to approach Leche La Vaca Route, follow the Aasgard Pass until you get at 400 ft/120 m above the lake and hike through the dense bushes towards the gully.

The top elevation of the rock is at 8200 ft/2499 m, suitable for climbing from June to September. The skill level required for this climb is grade III, class 5,10, perfect for traditional rock climbing. The granite rock offers a nice and difficult crack climb, on a steep wall with four pitches. It is a great and fun alpine rock climb, but it is loose in some sections.

Once you reach the top, you can admire the amazing views of the Alpine Lakes and the surrounding summits. To descent, use the trees as anchors and rappel the route. Colchuck Balanced Rock is an amazing and rewarding experience for rock climbers. You will need a double rack, some small widgets and a 60 m/196 ft rope with you.

How to Get to Destination

145mi/233km, 2hours and 23min
Head East on I-90 E and take exit 85 to WA-970 N towards Wenatchee. Turn left on WA-10/WA-970 and enter US-2 E/US-97 N and continue towards N Wenatchee Ave.
BY CAR FROM Wenatchee
30.2mi/48.6km, 48mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S and stay on US-2 W. Turn left on E Leavenworth Rd, left on Icicle Rd, right again to remain on Icicle Rd and make an open left turn on NF-112 for 9.2 miles to Bridge Creek Campground. Drive across the bridge on Mountaineer Creek Road for another 3.5 miles to the Stuart Lake Trailhead.
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/234km from Wenatchee Town

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airport, the King Street Train Station is a perfect way to get to Wenatchee. The station offers an enclosed waiting area, with restrooms, ATM and a ticket office. It is located at 303 South Jackson Street.


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