Popular Climbing Area Closed In Oak Creek Wildlife Area
It's called the Royal Columns in the Oak Creek Wildlife Area. And if you're a climber you know how popular it is. However the area is now closed for the next month because a basalt column collapsed. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the area after the column fell on April 28. Officials say its closed while they examine the area to determine if any other columns will fall.
The closure applies to all lands within 150 feet of the Royal Columns Cliffs. The trail to get there that crosses the Tieton river is closed as well.