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Description

(Please note: Rock fall at Gun Show in August 2016 may have erased some routes in your guidebook.)

The Far Side is one of three 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, all surrounding and below Dirty Harry's Peak. All rock is accessed either from the recently created Dirty Harry's Peak trail, the Climbing Access Loop that branches off from it, or other short spur trails. Most climbing areas are marked with signs. Almost all 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 - although this has a lot to do with the longer approaches. The Far Side is still actively being developed, particularly at Gun Show and Neverland. Each crag might have one or two trad lines maximum, except for Shangri-La, the area recently developed by Rad Roberts. Shangri-La has some difficult sport routes and more moderate 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, and was one of the first Exit 38 crags to be developed. As such, many of the routes are dirty, or the bolts are in dangerous condition. Gritscone is a very small wall with easy toprope access to most of the routes; combine this with the easiest approach and it is one of the most popular beginner crags in the exits, with plenty of classes in the summer. While Overhaul is the largest single crag (bar Gun Show), Interstate Park has the most routes in four sub-crags closely surrounding each other. Each of them has similar routes: Headlight Point has many beginner climbs, Eastern Block has longer moderates, Mirror Wall has several overhanging 10s and 11s and Off Ramp has four moderate climbs. Gun Show has the highest percentage of .10s, the most popular slab route in Exit 38, and some excellent granite-like rock, as well as a selection of boulders below the crag. Winter Block is the place to be for seclusion. 

Other crags of note - Truck Town (beginner crag that's very close to the highway), Neverland (a few short multipitch routes near drytooling), Shangri-La (the best rock in the area, similar in shaded nature to the LTW), and Sunshine Vista (several easy slab routes with a view). 

Overall, the Far Side can be a much more enjoyable place to spend your day than Deception Crags. Slightly longer approaches, almost twice the routes, and much more room to spread out can make for a secluded outing. The varied nature of the climbing is also much more interesting than the south side of I-90. Within a mile-ish radius, there is chossy rhino rock, bullet-hard conglomerate sandstone, clean metamorphic-granite-like mix, and pure choss caves (Overhaul). None are parking lot crags, but most have something worth hiking for.

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, 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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Far Side

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 103
Kiss of the Crowbar
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 56
Nocturnal Remission
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 70
Tunnel of Love
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
Insomniac
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 56
Impartial Eclipse
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 86
99 Grit
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 133
Endless Bliss
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 67
I Wanna Go Home
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 83
Chica Rapida
Sport, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 65
Elation at the End of Eternity
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 98
Ellie's Sweet Kiss
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 112
The Plank
Sport 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Sheltered Upbringing
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 67
Booty Squirrel
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 71
Space Face
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Kiss of the Crowbar Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 103
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Nocturnal Remission Interstate Park > Headlight Point
 56
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Tunnel of Love Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 70
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Insomniac Interstate Park > Headlight Point
 49
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Impartial Eclipse Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 56
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
99 Grit Gritscone
 86
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Endless Bliss Gun Show
 133
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
I Wanna Go Home Neverland > Lost Boys
 67
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
Chica Rapida Gritscone
 83
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Elation at the End of Eternity Gun Show
 65
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Ellie's Sweet Kiss Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 98
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
The Plank Neverland > Lost Boys
 112
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 3 pitches
Sheltered Upbringing Overhaul Area > Motherland
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Booty Squirrel Gritscone
 67
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Space Face Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 71
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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