Riverside State Park, Spokane, Wash.—The Bower Climbing Coalition (BCC) is on track to fund a permanent bathroom facility to be installed at the Deep Creek trailhead in Riverside State Park by spring 2020. This facility will serve Centennial Trail users along with Deep Creek climbers, mountain bikers, and hikers.

Deep Creek is a beautiful basalt canyon in Riverside State Park with world-class sport climbing, but currently offers nothing more than a gravel parking lot at the main trailhead. Working with Riverside State Park, and with support from the Roskelley family, the BCC is dedicating this effort to renowned local climber Jess Roskelley who died in a climbing accident in Canada earlier this year. Deep Creek was one of his favorite climbing areas, and it will be a fitting tribute to include a memorial to Jess in the design. Ultimately, the BCC has partnered with Big Sky Brewing, REI, Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance, Missoula’s Rocky Mountaineer’s, and a few private donors. Admittedly, this is a toilet; however, this is a major step towards creating a facility that will serve thousands of people each year. For the latest updates, please follow the Bower Climbing Coalition Facebook page. 

Photo by Jon Jonckers