Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rock Climbing-The Royal Columns

The Royal Columns are impressive volcanic columns of the Tieton lava flow. Located on the White Pass Scenic Byway, (mp 183.5) these vertical columns and other climbing locations along the Tieton River, offer 400 routes on 21 different formations over andesite rock crags. This location is conveniently 15 minutes west of the city of Naches and 30 minutes from Yakima. Drive 3 miles on Hwy 12, west of the junction of Hwy 12 and Hwy. 410 to the Oak Creek Wildlife Area. The Tieton Nature Trail is located across the road from Oak Creek, and the columns are located just off this trail.

The Royal Columns may be seasonally closed for nesting raptors from February 1 to April 1 each year; if an active nest is near a crag, climbing may not be allowed until July 1.(for Info.
(509) 653-2390) Located on land administered by The Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, a vehicle access permit is required to park at the Royal Columns ($10/year).

Camping is available in the area at the Windy Point Campground which is the closest-and other campgrounds along Hwy 12.

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