Exit 38: Far Side Rock Climbing
Free Radical is the arete right of the line being ...
A companion to Deception Crags, the Far Side is a collection of bolted crags located on the north side of I-90. Most of the crags have southern exposure and get good sunlight. The Far Side was established more recently than Deception Crags, and it is often less crowded. The Far Side is still actively being developed, particularly at Gun Show and Neverland.
There are five main crags at the Far Side: Overhaul, Gritscone, Gun Show, Interstate Park, and Winter Block (listed by proximity to the trailhead). Overhaul offers the most climbs and most difficulty. Gritscone and to a lesser extent Interstate Park offer more for beginners.
Another small grouping of crags, Neverland, has recently been developed.
Get off I-90 at Exit 38 and follow the frontage road east past the Deception Crag parking for roughly two miles. After crossing under I-90, park at a large pullout under a high voltage line just before reaching an access gate. Hike down the road past the gate and across the bridge over the Snoqualmie. Once over the bridge, jump the guard rail on the east side of the road and look for a trail heading up into the woods. This is the approach trail for Gritscone, Overhaul, Gun Show and Interstate Park.
To reach Neverland, continue hiking on the road over a short hill. The approach trail begins on the east side, opposite a small utility building.
Weather station 5.4 miles from here
128 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',39],['2 Stars',65],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Exit 38: Far Side
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Free Radical 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c WA
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This route has outstanding moves in a great position. Gain the corner, stem while you can, and then commit to the arete and go for it! The route shares an anchor with Guillotine. For added spice try not to stem down low and finish straight up past the last bolt. If you carry 23 quickdraws you can link this route with Hangman in a single 52 meter pitch....[more] Browse More Classics in WA
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Nov 3, 2014
In my opinion it would make sense to have Relief Camp, Motherland, Slabbage patch all under the Overhaul wall heading. This is the way Bryan set it up.
By Ian Simpson
Jul 16, 2015
I stumbled across a South-eastern facing cave low of the Interstate trail. A number of bolted routes that appear rather stout. Does anyone have any beta on it or the history?
Aug 24, 2015
Okay. I have a little beta bone to pick here. First of all, this is not a parking lot crag. Allow yourself a solid 25 minutes to get to the farther walls such as interstate and gun show. If you are going to those crags, you need to take the fork to the right directly after the FOURTH underground cable sign. There are many of these signs, the first set of small rocks and crags is well past the first underground cable sign.
Oct 12, 2015
Agree with the previous comments: the current MP description is a bit confusing, especially for someone visiting for the first time. As a minimum I would recommend reorganizing the areas/sub-areas. Relief camp, Motherland and Slabbage Patch should all go under Overhaul. Headlight point belongs under Interstate Park. Second, let's get more photos in, at least one per sub-area to help get situated. I'll try to get some next time I go.