Monday, July 16, 2012

Peshastin Pinnacles State Park

Just outside of Cashmere, Washington is a small day-use state park called Peshastin Pinnacles. It is only a 1/2 mile off of Highway 2. I've passed by this park many times without ever stopping in to check it out, normally because when I travel Highway 2 it is in the winter months and the park is closed. Before heading home on Sunday I visited Peshastin Pinnacles.

It isn't much of a park to look at on the surface -- a few picnic tables, restrooms, a path to a gate with small rock spires beyond. There was one truck in the parking lot when we pulled in and things seemed pretty quiet.

Gate at Peshastin Pinnacles

The gate beckoned so off we went towards the nearest rock formation. Lo and behold, we saw a guy at the base in climbing gear. Of course this required further investigation. It turned out there were four guys and one was already near the top of one of the pinnacles. We watched for a few minutes and then continued on the path around the base of the rock.

Back at the truck, we could see the one climber at the top as he prepared to belay down. Soon he was out of sight and we were back on the road towards home.

"I need more slack in the rope!"

Climber at the Top

Today's lesson relearned: appearances can be deceiving. What appears quiet and boring on the surface is not always the case.


  1. Good lesson to remember. Looks like a good place to practice climbing (not that I'd really know) and was definitely a good photo op.

  2. Good lesson. I drive by way too many places that I then wonder about. And Peshastin Pinnacles is one of them which I passed many times and never stopped. I must be in too big of a hurry.

  3. Those rocks are so can you climb them?


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