The Tum Tum cliffs are a collection of slabby domes and boulders approximately 30 miles west of Spokane, in a rural setting on the north side of the Spokane River. The roped climbing generally follows slabby cracks and faces in the 5.8-5.10 range. A number of pitches are over 100 feet long and one climb is reported to be Spokane’s only two-pitch route.
Although the first recorded route at Tum Tum was done in 1970, climbing exploration increased in the early 1980s. A second wave of routes were established in the early 1990s. Most recently, the area has seen a surge in bouldering exploration and features a number of very difficult problems.
Watch for poison ivy and rattlesnakes.
The Tum Tum crags and boulders lie largely on land managed by the state Department of Natural Resources.
All crags on DNR land are open. Some historically explored crags near Tum Tum lie on private property and are closed.
No known access or environmental concerns.
Dmitry Kalashnikov on a Tum Tum V10.
Photo by Matt Lemere.