The basalt rimrock of the Northern Point is the start of the exposed cliff areas on the eastern edge of the park that plunge to the river gorge below.
Located at the turnaround area cul-de-sac of the parking area you couldn’t ask for an easier approach. It’s just .25 miles past the Welcome Center.
Top rope to the Practice Area below.
Or head down the Homestead Trail just to the left for 5 minutes to meet up with the short trail going to the base of these crack climbs.
It’s a great place for small classes. Looking to get away from the crowds and escape the heat of the afternoon sun?
Definitely make a stop there.
From 5.8 to 5.13, everyone has a chance to check out their stuff on cracks.
Here’s some of the best:
(All are rated 3 star in Alan Watts’ Guidebook, with * noting a 4 star)
Handy Man trad, gear to 2.5 inches, 1 pitch
Burn Baby, Burn 5.10a trad, gear to 2.5 inches, 1 pitch
If I Ran the Circus 5.10b trad, gear to 3 inches, 1 pitch
Woman in the Meadow 5.11a sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
The Limbo 5.11a sport, 6 bolts, 1 pitch
Torrid Zone 5.12a sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
Shiva 5.12c sport, 4 bolts, (optional gear to 1 inch), 1 pitch
Drill, Sarah, Drill 5.12d sport, 4 bolts (optional gear to 2 inches), 1 pitch
Havana Smack 5.13a sport, 4 bolts, 1 pitch
The Heathen 5.13a sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch