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',22],['3 Stars',55],['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
Freedom or Death 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a WA
: Northwest Region
: ... : Liberty Bell
A 4 pitch route that rejoins liberty crack just above the P2 anchor. Identify the start as small leftward trending ramp leading to a face, bolts should be visible above.Pitches break down to.P1. 5.10b/c, Climb up through face and crack system to bolts on a slab. Requires 4-5 pieces of gear before the first bolt. Dont go to far left at the beginning, trend more or less straight up.P2 5.11c, step left from the anchor and follow bolts upward trending slightly right, a finger size piece or two coul...[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!