Tieton River: Royal Columns

Tieton has two main climbing areas: The Royal Columns and The Bend. Although there are a few bolted routes, it is primarily trad climbing.

GETTING THERE

From I-90, take Exit 110 for I-82/US-97 towards Yakima.  After 30 miles, take the exit for  31A-31B for US-12 toward N 1st St/Naches. Stay right to take Exit 31A and merge onto US-12.  Follow US-12 for 17 miles, then take a right on Bethel Ridge Rd. Park at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area.

information for leaders

INTERNAL CLIMBING And Scrambling LOTTERY

  • The 2022 Mountaineers Internal Lottery results are now final. Please select the Tieton tab to view the results for this location. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2022, please check this spreadsheet before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling and that there is no other course that already has priority.
  • The 2023 Mountaineers Internal Lottery results are now final. Please select the Tieton tab to view the results for this location. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2023, please check this spreadsheet before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling and that there is no other course that already has priority.

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • Please keep group sizes small to minimize our footprint at the crag.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Rock Climb
  • Seasons: March, April, May, June, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Map
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Activities

Upcoming Activities

Single Pitch Leading 1 - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Leading on Trad
Practice climbing single pitch routes on mock leads
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Mar 4, 2023 - Sun, Mar 5, 2023
No Prerequisites
1 participant 5 instructors
Registration closes Feb 23
Foothills Branch

Seattle MAC - Climbing Trip - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Join MAC on a spring climbing trip to the incredible Tieton River Canyon! We will
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Fri, Mar 24, 2023 - Sun, Mar 26, 2023
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
18 participants 1 instructor 3 chaperones
Registration opens Feb 6; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Carl Marrs
Qualified Youth Leader

Weekend Field Trip 1 - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Single Pitch Trad A
We will begin mock leading as well as have the opportunity to practice crack climbing,
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 1, 2023 - Sun, Apr 2, 2023
No Prerequisites
8 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Dec 31; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Single Pitch Trad A
Put your lead skills to the test outside!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 15, 2023
No Prerequisites
4 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Dec 31; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Single Pitch Trad A
Put your lead skills to the test outside!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Apr 16, 2023
No Prerequisites
4 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Dec 31; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Weekend Field Trip 1 - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Single Pitch Trad B
We will begin mock leading as well as have the opportunity to practice crack climbing,
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - Sun, Apr 23, 2023
No Prerequisites
8 participants 3 instructors
Registration opens Dec 31; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Intermediate Rock Climbing Field Trip - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Leading on Rock Course - Kitsap - 2023
A field trip to a cragging location suitable for practicing single or multi-pitch lead climbing
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Apr 23, 2023 - Mon, Apr 24, 2023
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Apr 21
Kitsap Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Single Pitch Trad B
Put your lead skills to the test outside!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 29, 2023
No Prerequisites
4 participants 3 instructors
Registration opens Dec 31; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Single Pitch Trad B
Learn new climbing skills!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Apr 30, 2023
No Prerequisites
4 participants 3 instructors
Registration opens Dec 31; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Weekend Field Trip 1 - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Single Pitch Trad C
We will begin mock leading as well as have the opportunity to practice crack climbing,
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 6, 2023 - Sun, May 7, 2023
No Prerequisites
8 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Dec 31; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Single Pitch Trad C
Put your lead skills to the test outside!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 13, 2023
No Prerequisites
4 participants 3 instructors
Registration opens Dec 31; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Single Pitch Trad C
Put your lead skills to the test outside!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, May 14, 2023
No Prerequisites
4 participants 3 instructors
Registration opens Dec 31; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Leading on Rock 3, Everett Intermediate Climbing Course - Tieton River: Royal Columns

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Leading On Rock
In this field trip we focus on building hanging belay stations and how to make
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 20, 2023 - Sun, May 21, 2023
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
10 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes May 18
Everett Branch
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