Washington State Park

Washington State Park

Washington State Park is located just 1 hour south of St. Louis on the banks of the Big River. This beautifully orange, black, and grey streaked limestone wall will be Missouri State Parks newest climbing destination. BETA Fund and Missouri State Parks are teaming up to bring this long-time, unsanctioned area into a modern, publicly accessible crag.

NOTICE: Climbing is not yet open. Please respect the closure and visit only during community trail days.

Washington State Park is located just 1 hour south of St. Louis on the banks of the Big River. This beautifully orange, black, and grey streaked limestone wall will be Missouri State Parks newest climbing destination. BETA Fund and Missouri State Parks are teaming up to bring this long-time, unsanctioned area into a modern, publicly accessible crag.

 

NOTICE: Climbing is not yet open. Please respect the closure and visit only during community trail days.

Directions

Washington State Park climbing bluff is located just one hour south of St. Louis, Missouri on land owned by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks. The nearest town is De Soto. There are two main entrances into Washington State Park from Hwy 21.

Approaching from the North:

  • Travel south on Hwy 21 through Hillsboro and De Soto.
  • Drive past the Park’s river access.
  • Turn right/north into the main entrance. You’ll pass the petroglyph site, park office, and Thunderbird lodge.
  • Turn right/north onto Park Road and follow for approximately ¼ mile.

Approaching from the South:

  • Travel north on Hwy 21 through Potosi.
  • Turn left/north into the main entrance. A Dollar General is at the opposite side of the road.
  • Traveling north into the park, you’ll pass the park campground.
  • Turn left/north onto Park Road and follow for approximately ¼ mile.

A designated climbing parking lot will be established later in 2022. Parking accommodates less than 10 vehicles. Please respect designated parking areas.

 

From the planned parking lot, a trail will be installed traveling to the east. Walk about 5 to 10 minutes to find the bluff facing east and the Big River.

More Info

  • See WARNING notice below
  • Call 911 for all medical emergencies
  • Loose rock is present. Use extreme caution and climb on designated routes only.
  • No access is allowed on top of the bluff.
  • Helmets are strongly encouraged at all times for all climbers, belayers, and spectators.
  • Do not sling trees or other natural features.
  • No installation of fixed hardware.
  • Use climbing chalk to protect the limestone from polishing due to natural oils in your skin and sweat.
  • Use natural bristle brushes to clean holds of dirt, debris, and excess chalk. No wire or stiff bristle brushes allowed as they carve into rock and degrade holds.
  • Use caution during warmer months and be aware of snakes, ticks, and wildlife.
  • No bathrooms available. Plan accordingly.
  • Leashed dogs are allowed at Washington State Park, but not recommended at the climbing area.
  • The bluff faces east with morning and mid-day sun exposure and in the shade by mid-afternoon.
  • Climbing is only allowed at the designated bluff along the Big River. Do not climb in any other areas of Washington State Park.

Camping

Camping is available within Washington State Park. Information and reservations may be made here: https://mostateparks.com/campgrounds/washington-state-park

WARNING

By climbing at Washington State Park, I have read, acknowledged, and agree to the following:

I AM SOLELY RESPONSIBLE AND PERSONALLY ASSUME ALL RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO MYSELF AND/OR OTHERS ARISING OUT OF MY USE OF 109 BLUFF. I understand that climbing is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death arising from hiking, climbing, loose rock, equipment failure, environmental conditions, misuse, and other risks and hazards associated with rock climbing and outdoor activities. Wearing a helmet does not eliminate the dangers associated with any activity, but in certain instances, a helmet can reduce the risk of permanent injury or death. Helmets are recommended and I understand that if I choose not to wear a helmet I do so at my own risk. Climbing at Washington State Park is intended for only competent and responsible climbers who know how to climb, clean, and belay properly. Proper training is essential before climbing at Washington State Park.

Learn more about Washington State Park: https://mostateparks.com/park/washington-state-park

Route Descriptions

***COMING SOON***

Routes are listed from left to right as you first approach the bluff from the access trail.