The Dishman crag is located on the southeast side of Spokane, across the valley from Minnehaha. The 30 or so routes are generally steeper and harder than at Minnehaha, ranging from 5.8 to easy 5.13. Most of the routes are in the 5.11-5.12 range. Bolted face climbing on gently overhanging granite is the norm, along with a few routes featuring mixed protection.
Dishman was first explored in the early 1980s. A number of routes were toproped first, then led. Some featured widely-spaced bolts and sometimes marginal protection. A second wave of route development occurred in the late 1990s. Following this, most of the older established routes were retrobolted.
Controversy developed in 2004 over retrobolting, chipping, and two bolted-on artificial holds at the crag. The issues were elevated to the board of the landowning irrigation district, causing access uncertainty. The WCC developed a letter of resolution for Spokane climbers to sign and has worked with the board to ensure that access to Dishman continues. You can find out more details here.
The Dishman crag lies mostly on private property, owned by the Hutchinson Irrigation District. The area behind the chain-link fence is owned by Spokane County Parks & Recreation and managed as part of the Dishman Hills Natural Area.
There is a letter of agreement on bolting, chipping, and other issues at Dishman.
Chicken Spread (5.9), the crag warm-up.