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No Tresspassing sign

Climbers on Godzilla, one of the few "moderates" on the Lower Town Wall.
(Photo courtesy of ericandlucie.com.)
No tresspassing sign at the Lower Town Wall in March 2009.

Lower Town Wall:
Crisis turned opportunity
In March 2009, the private property owner at the Lower Town Wall put up "no tresspassing" signs below one of Washington's most beloved crags. Climbers rallied, and in 18 short months we raised over $300,000.00 for the purchase of the Wall and an endowment fund for maintenance and improvement. The wall is secure.

This successful effort was a joing project of the Washington Climbers Coalition, the Access Fund, and the American Alpine Club.

As of 2014, the property is owned by the Washington Climbers Coalition, and improvements are under way while we negotiate the terms of transfer so that the Wall can be incoporated into the surrounding Forks of the Sky State Park.

Max Dufford on La Bomba.
Photo by Larry Kemp.

The Lower Town Wall:
Climbers have been challenging themselves at the Lower Town Wall for 50 years. Several years ago the British climbing magazine Mountain declared it one of the top 10 crags in North America and it remains a vibrant hub for local and visiting climbers. The climbing is diverse in both difficulty and style and there is truly something for every rock climber at the Lower Town Wall and its satellite cliffs. This is the only year round granite climbing in the State.

A Climbing Park:
The incorporation of this area into the surrounding Forks of the Sky State Park will help ensure that it can remain a climbing area forever. In return for this donation, Washington State Parks is agreeing to manage the property for climbing as the primary intended purpose, and they are agreeing to management practices there and at other Index area crags that will ensure safe and sustainable climbing access.

Update on Transfer:
Read more about the current status of the Lower Town Wall.


2010 Index Fund Celebration:
Read about the September 2010 celebration.


News of Campaign:
July 2010 Everett Herald article:


News of Improvement:
August 2012 Everett Herald article:


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