Western Washington

Beacon Rock

Basalt tower in the Columbia Gorge. Short approaches. 5.6 to 5.12. Crack/Face.


Besides being close to Squamish, Bellingham offers easy access to bouldering within minutes of town, and roped climbing not much farther away. Among Washington cities, it is second only to Spokane for easily accessible urban climbing. Bellingham bouldering has been surging recently.


Shaded boulders, rock climbs one to twenty pitches, and alpine peaks near the town of Darrington; approaches may include brush or scrambling. 5.6 to 5.12; V0 to V6.

Gold Bar

Granite boulders and largely unexplored crags. V0 to V11; and (?) 5.9 to (?) 5.11. Boulders/Crack/Face.


Granite walls on the west slope of the Cascades. Easy to moderate approaches. Excellent steep cracks. 5.5 to 5.13. Slab/face/crack.

Mt. Erie

Diorite crags, 40 feet to three pitches. Easy to moderate approaches. Easy fifth class to 5.12. Mostly face.


Gneiss in the Skagit River gorge. Easy approach. Sport climbing, 5.9 to 5.13. Face.

Snoqualmie Valley

Metamorphosed volcanic rock (and some granite) on the west slope of the Cascades. Moderate to medium approaches. 5.5 to 5.14. Face/slab (few crack climbs).

Static Point

Granite dome on the west slope of the Cascades. Medium length approach; scenic. 5.8 to 5.11; mostly 5.10. Slab.