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The climbing area known as Darrington is a collection of granite domes in the Clear Creek and Squire Creek drainages on the west slope of the Washington Cascades. These mountain valleys have a remote feel and only a few of the routes get a lot of traffic, though the area has seen steady climbing activity for forty years. The climbs feature slabs, knobby face climbing, and some cracks though straight-in cracks are relatively rare. The scenery is fantastic, and many of the routes have an alpine feel although trees grow even on the summit of Exfoliation Dome and Squire Creek Wall, two of the higher and larger formations in the area. This is fantastic climbing: clean granite sweeps to the sky as you climb multiple pitch routes to the summit of these unique features. Just a few of the routes that comprise "Darrington" are featured here.
Most of the developed climbs lie in the Clear Creek drainage, southeast of the town of Darrington, Washington. From Darrington (an hour and a half northeast of Seattle on highway 530), head southeast on the Mountain Loop Highway, a paved road that branches off highway 530 where it makes a right angled turn in the middle of town (a mini-mart here has last minutes goodies).
16 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Darrington:
Under the Bored Walk 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Till Broad Daylight, pitch 1 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Dreamer 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'
The Quin Konehead Pre-Memorial Route (aka The Kone) 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 5 pitches
Total Soul 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'
Dark Rythm 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 8 pitches, 900'
Roan Wall - Center Stage 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'
Jacobs Ladder, 5.10b A-1 or 5.11b 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'
Featured Route For Darrington
Silent Running 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b WA : Northwest Region : Darrington
Classic climb that climbs the middle of the shield on Three O'clock Rock. All bolts are new and in great shape. The first six pitches go at 5.9+ and does not require doing the last pitch which goes at 5.10b as you rap the route you came up.Pitch #1 - 5.6: Climb from the low point of the slab from where the Eight Mile Creek Trail meets the cliff and goes along its base. There is a bolt about 20 feet above the right facing dihedral. Then climb to the anchors. 170 feet.Pitch #2 - 5.8: F...[more] Browse More Classics in WA
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