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
129 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',25],['3 Stars',63],['2 Stars',32],['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
Direct East Buttress 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c WA
: Northwest Region
: ... : South Early Winters Spire
Pitch 1: Rambling 5.6 pitch, go as far as you can until you see a reasonable tree to anchor off of. It was the usual alpine first pitch, some moss, loose rock, and vegetation. Reasonable gear along the way.Pitch 2: 5.8 crack system with various ledges that brings you to the bottom of the large dihedral. Although the pitch is called 5.8, I had a hard time finding the 5.8 move where we went, it felt a lot like 5.6. The pitch definitely had some loose kitty litter rock on it, which made things ...[more] Browse More Classics in WA