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Rock Climbing in South Face Route, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Top elevation:
7250ft/2209m
Skill level required:
grade II, class 5.7
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.

To approach South Face route, which is located at Edward Peak, you follow the Snow Creek Trail. It is a great climb, combined with hiking and camping because you need from two to three days to approach, climb and return to Snow Creek parking lot.

The top elevation of the rock is at 7250 ft/2209 m and is suitable for climbing from May to September. The skill level required for this climb is grade II, class 5,7, not suitable for beginners due to the overall hard to reach North section of the Enchantments. South Face Route is a lichen covered rock, in some places, with two short crux sections.

Once you reach the top, the view of the Enchantment Peaks is breathtaking. The descent involves a single rappelling off the East side and a double rope, rappelling down the climbing route. If you visit South Face Route in early season, you will need an ice axe. Take a 196 ft/60 m rope and a small rack 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
20mi/32km, 24mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S and stay on US-2 W. From downtown of Leavenworth, head west on US highway 2. Right before the road leaves town, watch for a well-signed Icicle River Road on the left hand side. Take the Icicle River Road for 4.3 miles to the Snow Creek parking lot where you can park your car.
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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