BETA PHOTO: Close up of Pearly Gates from road.
A solid 40 minute hike uphill from the Snow Creek lot ends at the Pearly Gates, a crag with a couple dozen crack and slab routes from one to two pitches. The rock is an amazingly sticky fine-grained granite, unlike most other granite in the Icicle. The routes range from 5.8 to 5.12, and are generally super fun. Some routes are north facing, so this can be a good option when the rest of the canyon is too hot.
Park at the Snow Creek lot (FS pass required), cross the bridge and take a climbers trail to the right after the aquaduct.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pearly Gates:
Lost Souls 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Cloud Nine 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Milky Way 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 2 pitches, 100'
Leap of Faith 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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Celestial Groove 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a WA
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Located on the left side of the Pearly Gates area, Celestial Groove heads up the crack/corner to the right of Poison Balance (5.11d, some bolts). It starts by pulling through a bulgy section and then follows a small corner with an excellent crack. The bulgy start is definitely the crux and the rest of the route is great cruiser jamming, overall a lot of fun....[more] Browse More Classics in WA
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Kip on Pitch two of an unknow bolted route at the ...
The not-so-elusive mountain goat, Pearly Gates
Goat meets man, Pearly Gates.
This is Kip following a bolted 5.10d in Leavenwort...
Andrew starting up the 5.10d at Pearly Gates
Andrew leading an unknown 5.10d trad route
The goat really wanted the route we were on, he st...
Jan 29, 2006
The trail to Pearly Gates begins just after the Snow Creek trail crosses the irrigation ditch; look for cairns leading off to the right.
By Casey Holmes
Aug 16, 2011
Watch for falling rocks at this crag. The curious and seemingly friendly goat in this area may knock rocks down on your belayer. Don't be alarmed if the goat hangs out all day with you and follows you up your route, showing off his skills.
Apr 16, 2012
How is the approach this time of year? Anyone been up there lately?
By Nate Ball
From: Taipei, TW
Aug 3, 2013
As said before, the approach for this route begins just past the bridge over the irrigation ditch. Someone had placed logs across the trail, so we missed it, and couldn't cross higher up. The approach is a fairly burly uphill hike.
In the summer, this crag is shaded until about 2pm, after which everything is lit up til sundown.