The parking and camping areas can be very crowded. The area’s a popular camping spot for Gorge Amphiteater concertgoers. Crowds and cars have caused severe damage in the camping area between the Feathers and the main parking lot. As a result, the area is largely denuded and is often littered. WDFW is considering blocking this area to cars and allowing walk-in camping only.
Although Frenchman Coulee was first explored in the 1950s, intensive trad and sport development kicked in during the late 1980s. Bolting wars have erupted at times. One climb has been bolted and chopped three times. Sometimes bitter debates have deeply divided some climbers, even if they share a great fondness for the area. Climbers on all sides of these issues should show restraint.
In 2001, controversy developed over climbs on the Winter Walk Wall, an outlying crag on the north side of Frenchman Coulee. This area is on private property and is currently closed. Climbers are urged to respect this closure if there’s to be any chance access might be granted in the future.
Watch for occasional rattlesnakes.
State-owned lands administered by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Cliffs on north side of Frenchman Coulee are on private property.
The Middle East Wall has been closed in prior years for the spring nesting season. We do not know the 2017 status. Winter Walk Wall (on private land; north side of Frenchman Coulee) is closed.
Camping is restricted to the basin area between the Feathers and the main (Sunshine Wall) parking area. Open fires are prohibited from April 15 -October 15.
The area’s semi-desert (shrub-steppe) vegetation is remarkably sensitive. Please stay on trails.
For years, Fugs Wall has been recognized as a “trad only” area. Please don’t establish sport routes on the Fugs Wall side of Echo Basin.
A Washington State, Discover Pass is required for parking. $30.00 a year or $10.00 a dy. Information about Discover Pass.