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Areas in Exit 38: Far Side

Gritscone 0 / 12 / 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Gun Show 3 / 21 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 24
Headlight Point 1 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Interstate Park 0 / 19 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Mirror Wall 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Motherland 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Neverland 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Relief Camp 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Shangri-La 2 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Slabbage Patch 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Squishy Bell 0 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Sunshine Vista (Easy Street) 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Winter Block 3 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15

Description



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".

Getting There

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, jump the guard rail on the east side of the road and look for a trail heading up into the woods. This is the approach trail for Gritscone, Overhaul, Gun Show and Interstate Park.

To reach Neverland, continue hiking on the road over a short hill. The approach trail begins on the east side, opposite a small utility building.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Exit 38: Far Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 68
Kiss of the Crowbar
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 50
Tunnel of Love
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Insomniac
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
impartial eclipse
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 47
Chica Rapida
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 75
Endless Bliss
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 50
I wanna go home
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 40
Elation at the End of Eternity
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 70
Ellie's Sweet Kiss
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 78
The Plank
Sport 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 28
Sheltered Upbringing
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 26
I've got some good news, and some bad…
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 45
Space Face
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Free Radical
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Hidden Dragon
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Kiss of the Crowbar Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 68
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Tunnel of Love Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 50
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Insomniac Headlight Point
 31
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
impartial eclipse Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 31
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Chica Rapida Gritscone
 47
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Endless Bliss Gun Show
 75
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
I wanna go home Neverland > Lost Boys
 50
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
Elation at the End of Eternity Gun Show
 40
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Ellie's Sweet Kiss Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 70
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
The Plank Neverland > Lost Boys
 78
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 3 pitches
Sheltered Upbringing Motherland
 28
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
I've got some good news, an… Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 26
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Space Face Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 45
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Free Radical Shangri-La
 9
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Hidden Dragon Shangri-La
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
geoff georges   Seattle, Wa.
In my opinion it would make sense to have Relief Camp, Motherland, Slabbage patch all under the Overhaul wall heading. This is the way Bryan set it up. Nov 3, 2014
I stumbled across a South-eastern facing cave low of the Interstate trail. A number of bolted routes that appear rather stout. Does anyone have any beta on it or the history? Jul 16, 2015
C.jake  
Okay. I have a little beta bone to pick here. First of all, this is not a parking lot crag. Allow yourself a solid 25 minutes to get to the farther walls such as interstate and gun show. If you are going to those crags, you need to take the fork to the right directly after the FOURTH underground cable sign. There are many of these signs, the first set of small rocks and crags is well past the first underground cable sign. Aug 24, 2015
Agree with the previous comments: the current MP description is a bit confusing, especially for someone visiting for the first time. As a minimum I would recommend reorganizing the areas/sub-areas. Relief camp, Motherland and Slabbage Patch should all go under Overhaul. Headlight point belongs under Interstate Park. Second, let's get more photos in, at least one per sub-area to help get situated. I'll try to get some next time I go. Oct 12, 2015
cseay  
LOST AND FOUND: Found a GPS device in the parking lot today. Hoping to find the owner, please respond to this post if you are missing one. Jul 30, 2016
Ross Coyle
Murray, UT
Ross Coyle   Murray, UT
Found climbing shoes in the parking lot, PM me with details and I'll get them to you! Aug 14, 2016
Gun Show completely damaged by rock slide. mountainproject.com/v/massi… Aug 30, 2016
geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
geoff georges   Seattle, Wa.
The old road is completely obliterated with fallen trees, branches etc. Mother nature lending a hand to the folks building the new dirty harry trail. The ice storms stripped many limbs from Alders and snapped tops off of many trees. 2/18/17 Feb 18, 2017
Lost: A single La Sportiva Genius Shoe. It's a left shoe, size 41, lost somewhere in the bushwack around Motherland or Sunshine Vista. If you find it, let me know! Apr 18, 2017

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