North Cascades Rock Climbing
Gaping crevasse on the Inspiration Glacier, North ...
The North Cascades are home to a huge number of sharp granite peaks with many excellent alpine climbs. With so much to offer and typical alpine approaches, you probably won't find mobs of other people. The granite is mostly very good, offering cracks, chimneys, flakes, roofs, etc. Summer is the time for alpine rock.
The general North Cascades area can be reached either by driving west on Highway 20 from I-5 (although Highway 20 is more often closed than not) or by driving east on Highway 2 to Leavenworth or I-90, then North on Highway 97 and North again on Highway 153, which meets up with the other side of Highway 20 in Twisp.
Weather station 12.3 miles from here
110 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',21],['3 Stars',56],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in North Cascades
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Cascades:
Featured Route For North Cascades
East Face 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a WA
: Northwest Region
: ... : Lexington Tower
Multiple belay options are available and linking of some pitches are possible, but here's the general break down. Pitch 1 - Climb up a crack system and traverse left into slopey climbing with difficult protection. Belay where convenient.Pitch 2 - Continue up and slightly right to the base of the obvious left facing corner. Belay from a small tree.Pitch 3 - Climb the left facing corner to a nice ledge with a tree belay.Pitch 4 - Climb up and left through cracks ranging from hands to fingers a...[more] Browse More Classics in WA
From: Denver, CO
Apr 3, 2011
The North Cascades are composed of a wide variety of rock types, but primarily Skagit gneiss, not granite. The rock tends to be crumbly, but there are pockets of good firm climbing. Forbidden Peak, Gunsight Mountain, Dome Peak, and Goode Mountain come to mind as being particularly solid. As the pictures above indicate, it is not the rock quality, but the glaciation and alpine ambiance that make this range unique in the lower 48!