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Miller River Bouldering

A number of granitic bouldering areas have been developed in recent years off of Miller River Road, near the town of Skykomish.  These areas include the Morpheus Boulders, the Paradise Boulders, and the Prospect Boulders, as well as a number of smaller areas in a varied and diverse range of settings.  The bouldering in the […]

By |January 30th, 2017|Climbing areas, Western Washington|Comments Off on Miller River Bouldering

Bat Caves

Located south of Bellingham on the slopes of Blanchard Mountain, the Bat Caves have more than 30 sport (and a few trad) routes ranging from 5.4 to 5.12c. The area’s name is a misnomer: there aren’t any real caves, only holes in an impressive talus field below a series of cliffs. The cliffs, which include […]

By |October 13th, 2015|Bellingham, Climbing areas, Western Washington|Comments Off on Bat Caves

Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock is an 800-foot basalt monolith rising above the Columbia River at the west end of the Columbia River Gorge. It is the scene of what must be one of the first technical rock climbs in the Pacific Northwest. On August 24, 1901, Frank J. Smith and Charles Church of Portland, along with George […]

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Index is Washington’s most famous cragging destination, and features some of the highest-quality granite trad climbing in the United States.  Index has also seen extensive bouldering development in recent years, and there is a growing collection of world-class boulder problems lurking in the woods below the Upper Town Wall, across the North Fork of the Skykomish River, and along the Skykomish River to the west of town.  The Washington Climbers Coalition presently owns the Lower Town Wall and nearby crags. The recent fundraising campaign undertaken by groups working to save public access at the Lower Town Wall, public media discussion, and the outstanding climbing opportunities found here are bringing more climbers than ever to Index.


By |October 13th, 2015|Climbing areas, Featured Areas, Index, Western Washington|Comments Off on Index

Middle Fork

The valley of the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River (about fifteen miles outside of North Bend) has granite cliffs quite different from the main North Bend areas. The most notable is a granite slab called Fee Demo Wall, which has demanding routes in the 5.9 to 5.12 range. (See topo at ClimbingWashington.com.) The Middle […]

By |October 13th, 2015|Climbing areas, Snoqualmie Valley, Western Washington|Comments Off on Middle Fork