Washington Climbers Coalition P.O. Box 77315, Seattle, Washington 98177

Area Management Update: Static Point

Spada Lake. Photo from
Cliff Mass Weather Blog.
  2011 update
As of Spring 2011, the South Shore Road, a large gravel road leading to the Spada Reservoir continues to be maintained just past the small dirt spur road leading to Static Point. The new parking spot is at the beginning of this spur road. This spur road was fully and physically decommissioned by Washington Department of Natural Resources in about 2008. This adds 1 mile of hiking to reach what was the former parking spot for Static Point, where the road had previously been decommissioned about a mile from the South Shore Road. To reach the current "trailhead" you need to pass through the Olney Pass Gate shortly before where the South Shore Road forks to the right and heads downhill to cross the South Fork of the Sultan River. Roadwork in the area continues and, as of June 2011, the Olney Pass Gate is closed and and the area closed during the week. The area is open Thursday 5pm through Monday 6am, except that access is closed after dark.

A few years ago, we feared that the South Shore road leading to the turnoff for Static Point was going to be closed for a lack of funding. This had been proposed by DNR would have led to a hike of six or eight miles for climbing at Static Point. As it turnred out, the South Shore road is to remain but DNR has "decomissioned" the spur road that led to the former trailhead is such a fashion that even mountain biking on this road is not practical. This has added a rather unpleasant and ugly mile to the former approach.


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