Icicle Creek Rock Climbing
Icicle Canyon from the Star Wars boulders on Mount...
A great area just outside Leavenworth littered with granite crags, boulders and some ice climbs. The crags tend to be scattered. Some are roadside, while others have 1.5 hour uphill approaches. All aspects, and climbable in all seasons (though winter gets pretty chilly for rock). There are both crowded and secluded areas, and routes of all grades. This tends to be a more moderate area, with tons of classic routes 5.11 and under. But there are also some harder lines, quite a bit of hard bouldering, and potential for much more.
Classic climbs include Outer Space, Givler's Dome, the Regular Route on Careno Crag and many, many more.
The Icicle area is also a popular bouldering regions in the Pacific Northwest. The rock is granite, with a grain somewhat larger than that of the Skykomish Valley boulders, but the terrain tends to be flatter and the environment drier. There are classic problems of every grade here, and although the boulders themselves are spread out along the two canyons there are almost always plenty of problems within walking distance of a given road pullout.
There are several Forest Service campgrounds in the canyon.
The nearby town of Leavenworth is a faux-bavarian tourist town. Gustav's - on the main drag - has good pub food and a good brew selection.
Rest days include whitewater kayaking and rafting, guzzling brews on a sunny terrace in town, or hiking into the Enchantments, one of the most amazing alpine environments around.
Leavenworth is a short drive away for beer and food.
Take Highway 2 to Leavenworth. On the west side of town, follow Icicle Road into the canyon.
Weather station 5.1 miles from here
550 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',44],['3 Stars',185],['2 Stars',221],['1 Star',89],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Icicle Creek
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The Warrior 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b WA
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Previously called "The Original Route" this stunning corner crack will test all of your skills and take all of your gear. Layback, stem, face climb, and jam your way up to the crux at the very end. Good steming just before the top will allow you to work out the cruxy overhanging moves to get up over the lip and to the chains....[more] Browse More Classics in WA
Colchuck Lake reflections
Mountain goat near Aasgard Pass
Looking down to the lower Snow Lake
Awsome Canyon, made me feel right at home.
Icicle Creek-fall 1976. Photo by Blitzo.
Clouds moving in down Icicle Canyon
Beautiful view from the Pearly Gates
Great day down Icicle Canyon
Late evening view from under Givler's Dome.
BETA PHOTO: Near the Black Pyramid from the uper Rat Creek dra...
By Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
Aug 7, 2014
There are currently two large fires burning in the area. One is the Chiwaukum Complex to the north on Highway 2. The other is the Carlton Complex, to the northeast towards Lake Chelan. Trails to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness are closed. Leavenworth has a "moderate" air pollution warning.
Apr 6, 2015
New tree down in the center of Playground Point, it poses a small but real hazard navigating the center of the climbing area.
Lost: Left Lasport Nago shoe, 39.5, definitely along trail to Playground Point. Message for reward! We've all been there... (or twice) 518-569-eightthreeoheighht. -alex