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Location: 47.84769, -121.60992 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jesse James on Mar 13, 2006
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Description 

Probably the best bouldering near seattle. I think there may currently be access issues, or maybe the road is just closed.
Great angular cut granite boulders with excellent friction.

I dont know the history, but chances are all of the problems have been done years ago, but have grown over with moss over time.


Getting There 

Take Hwy 2 east past gold bar, then turn left onto Reiter road. Take this until the road makes a very sharp turn to the left, but go straight instead of turning. There is an obvious 4X4 road on the left after a few miles. It is distinguishable by its giant mud puddle about 30 feet off the road. This road leads up into the clear cut with lots of boulders everywhere.


Climbing Season


137 Total Routes


['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',57],['2 Stars',49],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',20],['V2-3',67],['V4-5',25],['V6-7',15],['V8-9',7],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',3],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gold Bar Boulders:
Kirby's Last Days   V0+ 4+     Boulder   Forest
Can you smell the gas   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 12'   Forest
Summer Solstice   V3- 6A     Boulder   Forest
It's a Doo-Doo, Baby   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   Forest
Gates of Fire   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Forest
Serenity Now   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 18'   Camp Serene
Samurai   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Forest
Jaws   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   Zeke's Trail Boulders
Baby Crackhead   V4 6B     Boulder   Forest
Green Padded Ass   V4-5 6B+ R     Boulder, 1 pitch, 25'   5 Star Boulder
Stinkin' Slopers   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Forest
Ryan's Problem   V6 7A PG13     Boulder, 20'   Camp Serene
Five Star arete   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   5 Star Boulder
Sobriosity   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   5 Star Boulder
World's Best   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Zeke's Trail Boulders
Doja   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Forest
Obesity   V7 7A+     Boulder   Clearcut
Rosbongo   V8 7B     Boulder, 20'   5 Star Boulder
Ares God of War   V8 7B     Boulder   Clearcut
Equinox   V10 7C+     Boulder   Clearcut
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By jonah
Mar 13, 2006

The turnoff is 2.1 miles from the Highway 2/Reiter road intersection.

The 5 star boulder pullout is on Reiter road a bit further up. It's about a 10 minute walk from the car and is really a world-class boulder.

There is an effort to resolve access issues before they become real problems, and to preserve this great bouldering area. For info, check out the Washington Climbers Coalition, washingtonclimbers.org/

Now, who wants to post beta about specific problems? Specifically, what are all the problems on the 5 star? Where is Doja?

By gabriel cisneros
Jun 8, 2007

Kelly Sheridan has a guide book for Gold Bar that is coming out soon. Check your local climbing stores. His guide book has a ton of Gold Bar problems that are not listed on this site, plus it covers Index and Leavenworth. Click on Kelly's name to contact him and get a guide directly from him.

By Kelly Sheridan
From: Seattle, WA
Jul 22, 2007

Central Washington Bouldering: Leavenworth and Gold Bar has finally been released! The book contains over 500 problems in Leavenworth and roughly 150 in Gold Bar. The easiest way to get the guide is to purchase it directly from the publisher at their site: www.sharpendbooks.com/prod.php?t=1&q=WA

Happy climbing,

Kelly

By stredna
From: PA
Apr 2, 2009

Anyone know of Conservation/Environmental jobs in the Wenatchee/Leavenworth area, please do not hesitate to PM me! Would love to live there.

By Kalua
Apr 27, 2009

Are there current access issues at Gold Bar?

By seand
From: Seattle, WA
Jul 27, 2009

Be respectful when climbing at Serene and the beach as those are on private property. The land owner for Serene is a nice guy but protecting his land and family are important to him (ran into him today and had a nice chat). Pack out what you pack in and there will be no problems.

By Brandon Roberts
Feb 2, 2010

can someone tell me where the west forest parking lot is?
thanks

By Adam Knoff
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 28, 2010

To clarify, after a roughly 5 minute walk down the 4x4 road, you will pass under some power lines, and then the road will fork. Go RIGHT. Without knowing that, I went left yesterday on a hunch, and all it does is lead to the river after 10-15 more minutes. Hope that helps.

By laurichj
Oct 28, 2010

Here's a map of the Gold Bar Boulder Trail There's a couple markers there for when the road forks. Each way is around an hour hike.

By gskis
Jun 20, 2011

Any clue how to drive up the road to the boulders? Saw a car in the upper parking lot today (3 miles in according to the book)

By John Rosenbaum
From: Cleveland, GA
Jan 4, 2013

Going to be in Seattle the first week in April. I am flying in and cant bring my pads. Any clue on anyone that rents crash pads? How are conditions at Gold Bar around that time? Any info will greatly be appreciated. Thanks

By ianv
Jan 17, 2013

www.seattleboulderingproject.com/location_hours_rates.html
For crash pad rentals. The only ones who rent crash pads in the area as far as I know. As far as weather, early April could go either way. Leavenworth is typically drier if Gold Bar is wet.

By Alan Zhan
From: Seattle, WA
Aug 3, 2014

you do need a discover pass to park at both the gate and the five star turnout. Discovered this today when I drove up and saw those signs.