McLaughlin Canyon

  • McLaughlin Canyon

McLaughlin Canyon is the jewel of the Okanogan. The vast canyon cliffs are gneiss, and up to 500' tall in areas. It has wonderful opportunities for hiking and climbing. All the rock south of the road is public, and there are many cracks and corners and a few faces that can be led with gear. There are no fixed top anchors, or bolts on any of the routes so the climbing is strictly old school traditional and a true adventure. Take a full rack of cams and nuts, a scrub brush, and helmet. There are also some great bouldering sites, but no matter where you hike or climb here, be alert for Rattle Snakes.
From "The Junction" in Tonasket, travel south on Hwy 97 for four miles and turn left just before the Janus Bridge. Follow Janus Rd for 0.3 miles, and turn left up McLaughlin Canyon Rd. Park on the right after 1.6 miles (elevation 1450'), and enjoy the gentle mile long trail down the main South Canyon, which was devastated by fire in 2007, but still makes for a beautiful hike.