Micah Lauer tests out To Have and Two Holds, V7, Minnehaha.
Photo by Micah Lauer.
Minnehaha (John H. Shields Park) is owned and managed by Spokane County Parks & Recreation.
Spokane County Parks & Recreation
404 Havana Steet
Spokane, WA 99202
No known access or environmental concerns.
Minnehaha is Spokane's oldest and most popular area Located on the northeast edge of the city, the area offers
an assortment of short (20'-80') routes on featured granite generally ranging from 5.4 to easy 5.12. There are
relatively few pure crack climbs and few true sport routes. Many routes offer sporadic and sometimes marginal protection.
As a result, toproping is popular at Minnehaha. There is a good assortment of moderate bouldering in the park,
along with a few difficult problems.
Climbing at Minnehaha dates back to at least the 1950s. In the early 1970s, well-known alpinist John Roskelly began
establishing a bevy of routes, including some that are now rated 5.11.
Minnehaha has been the centerpiece of climber activism in Spokane. Climbers were active in the effort to turn the
area into what is now John H. Shields Park. More recently, ambitious graffiti removal projects sponsored by the
Spokane Mountaineers have changed the face of Minnehaha and greatly improved its appeal.
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