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Rock Climbing in Colchuck Balanced Rock: West Face Route, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Top elevation:
8200ft/2499m
Skill level required:
grade III, class 5.12
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 the West Face 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 5,12, perfect for advanced rock climbers. The granite rock offers a difficult crack climb on a steep wall with nine pitches. It is a great 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. Colchuck Balanced Rock is an amazing and rewarding experience for rock climbers. You will need a medium to large crack and a 196 ft/60 m rope with you.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Seattle
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.
BY AIR
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/234km from Wenatchee Town
BY TRAIN

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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