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This region includes the North Cascades, the Skagit River Valley, and the north coastal region around Bellingham and the San Juan Islands.

Getting There 

I5 going N-S, and numerous E-W roads including the Mt Baker HW, HW20, and the Mountain-Loop HW.

325 Total Routes

['4 Stars',43],['3 Stars',125],['2 Stars',97],['1 Star',47],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Northwest Region:
Coleman Headwall   Steep Snow     Snow, Alpine, 2000'   North Cascades : Mt. Baker
Mount Baker, North Ridge   WI2-3 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 3000'   North Cascades : Mt. Baker
West Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 1500'   Boston Basin : Forbidden Peak
Beckey Route (SW Face)   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   Washington Pass : Liberty Bell
East Ridge Direct   5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Boston Basin : Forbidden Peak
SW Rib   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'   Washington Pass : South Early Winters Spire
Northwest Corner (a.k.a. Boving-Pollack Route)   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Washington Pass : North Early Winter Spire
Dreamer   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   Darrington : Green Giant Buttress
East Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 800'   Washington Pass : Lexington Tower
Valley of Bones   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Bellingham Area : Big Rock
Total Soul   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   Darrington : Three O'clock Rock
Silent Running   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 900'   Darrington : Three O'clock Rock
East Face / Rebel Yell   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   Silver Star and connected s... : Chianti Spire
East Face   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 600'   The Gunsight Range : Middle Peak
Roan Wall - Center Stage   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   Darrington : Squire Creek Walls
Ancient Melodies   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Trad, 7 pitches, 800'   Darrington : Exfoliation Dome & Proxima ...
The West Face   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Washington Pass : North Early Winter Spire
Liberty Crack   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c C2     Trad, Aid, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1200'   Washington Pass : Liberty Bell
The Passenger   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 900'   Washington Pass : South Early Winters Spire
Cinnamon Groove   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Newhalem
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Featured Route For Northwest Region
Northwest face of Mt. Baker with Coleman Headwall route marked in red. Roman Nose is the rock band to the right of the route. The entire face is bound on the left by the North Ridge.

Coleman Headwall Steep Snow  WA : Northwest Region : ... : Mt. Baker
The route climbs the northwest side of Mt. Baker and is delineated by the Roman Nose on the climber's right and serac walls on the left. We climbed it in early May 2006 and the route then had two distinct sections: the lower, which was mostly firm steep snow (up to 50 degrees) and the upper, which was 800 feet of 60-degree ice (AI4, WI3) with little reliable pro. The ice slabs on the upper section formed a giant plate, about an inch thick, covering the wet snow underneath. It was "fun" to climb ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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