Exit 38: Far Side Rock Climbing
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Please note: Rock fall at Gun Show in August 2016 may have erased some routes in your guidebook.
Far Side is one of 3 major sub-areas off the exit 38 ramp on the I-90 corridor east of Seattle. It is a collection of mostly bolted crags located on the north side of I-90. Most of the crags have southern exposure and get good sunlight. The Far Side was established more recently than Deception Crags, and it is often less crowded. The Far Side is still actively being developed, particularly at Gun Show and Neverland. Shangri-La has some trad lines.
There are five main crags at the Far Side: Overhaul, Gritscone, Gun Show, Interstate Park, and Winter Block (listed by proximity to the trailhead). Overhaul offers the most climbs and most difficulty. Gritscone and to a lesser extent Interstate Park offer more for beginners.
Another small grouping of crags, Neverland, has recently been developed.
For routes at the Deception crags and Mt. Washington, see the separate listings under "Exit 38".
Get off I-90 at Exit 38 and follow the frontage road east past the Deception Crag parking for roughly two miles. After crossing under I-90, park at a large pullout under a high voltage line just before reaching an access gate. Hike down the road past the gate and across the bridge over the Snoqualmie. Once over the bridge, enter via the well marked trail to Dirty Harry's just past the guard rail on the east side of the road. Follow this approach trail for Gritscone, Overhaul, Gun Show and Interstate Park; to reach Neverland, take the sharp left uphill shortly after entering the woods on the trail.
Classic Climbing Routes at Exit 38: Far Side
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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