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5 Star Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
5 Star Warmup 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Beach Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Camp Serene 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Clearcut 1 / 0 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Forest 0 / 0 / 1 / 108 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 108
Lower Gold Bar Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Zeke's Trail Boulders 1 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
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Description

Probably the best bouldering near Seattle. There may currently be access issues.

The boulders are great angular-cut granite with excellent friction.

Being on the west side, moss can grow back quickly. So if you think you have cleaned off a new problem, please check the guidebooks carefully and ask around -- it might be an older problem that has grown over.

Getting There

Take Hwy 2 east past Gold Bar, then turn left onto Reiter road. Take this until the road makes a very sharp turn to the left, but go straight instead of turning. There is an obvious 4X4 road on the left after a few miles. It is distinguishable by its giant mud puddle about 30 feet off the road. This road leads up into the clear cut with lots of boulders everywhere.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Gold Bar Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3- 6A
 19
Summer Solstice
Boulder
V3 6A
 14
Fern Crack
Boulder
V4 6B
 21
Samurai
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
 16
Serenity Now
Boulder
V4 6B
 11
Unholy
Boulder
V4 6B
 28
Midnight Lichen
Boulder
V5 6C
 15
Stinkin' Slopers
Boulder
V6- 7A
 30
Sobriosity
Boulder
V6 7A
 18
Five Star arete
Boulder
V6 7A
 22
Obesity
Boulder
V6 7A PG13
 13
Ryan's Problem
Boulder
V7 7A+
 20
Doja
Boulder
V7 7A+
 9
World's Best
Boulder
V8 7B
 6
Aries: God of War
Boulder
V10 7C+
 3
Equinox
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Summer Solstice Forest
 19
V3- 6A Boulder
Fern Crack Forest
 14
V3 6A Boulder
Samurai Forest
 21
V4 6B Boulder
Serenity Now Camp Serene
 16
V4 6B PG13 Boulder
Unholy Clearcut > Aries Boulders
 11
V4 6B Boulder
Midnight Lichen Forest
 28
V4 6B Boulder
Stinkin' Slopers Forest
 15
V5 6C Boulder
Sobriosity 5 Star Boulder
 30
V6- 7A Boulder
Five Star arete 5 Star Boulder
 18
V6 7A Boulder
Obesity Clearcut > Fraggle Rock Group
 22
V6 7A Boulder
Ryan's Problem Camp Serene
 13
V6 7A PG13 Boulder
Doja Forest
 20
V7 7A+ Boulder
World's Best Zeke's Trail Boulders
 9
V7 7A+ Boulder
Aries: God of War Clearcut > Aries Boulders
 6
V8 7B Boulder
Equinox Clearcut > Equinox Group
 3
V10 7C+ Boulder
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jonah  
The turnoff is 2.1 miles from the Highway 2/Reiter road intersection.

The 5 star boulder pullout is on Reiter road a bit further up. It's about a 10 minute walk from the car and is really a world-class boulder.

There is an effort to resolve access issues before they become real problems, and to preserve this great bouldering area. For info, check out the Washington Climbers Coalition, washingtonclimbers.org/

Now, who wants to post beta about specific problems? Specifically, what are all the problems on the 5 star? Where is Doja? Mar 13, 2006
Kelly Sheridan has a guide book for Gold Bar that is coming out soon. Check your local climbing stores. His guide book has a ton of Gold Bar problems that are not listed on this site, plus it covers Index and Leavenworth. Click on Kelly's name to contact him and get a guide directly from him. Jun 8, 2007
Kelly Sheridan
Seattle, WA
Kelly Sheridan   Seattle, WA
Central Washington Bouldering: Leavenworth and Gold Bar has finally been released! The book contains over 500 problems in Leavenworth and roughly 150 in Gold Bar. The easiest way to get the guide is to purchase it directly from the publisher at their site: sharpendbooks.com/prod.php?…

Happy climbing,

Kelly Jul 22, 2007
stredna
PA
stredna   PA
Anyone know of Conservation/Environmental jobs in the Wenatchee/Leavenworth area, please do not hesitate to PM me! Would love to live there. Apr 2, 2009
Kalua  
Are there current access issues at Gold Bar? Apr 27, 2009
seand
Seattle, WA
seand   Seattle, WA
Be respectful when climbing at Serene and the beach as those are on private property. The land owner for Serene is a nice guy but protecting his land and family are important to him (ran into him today and had a nice chat). Pack out what you pack in and there will be no problems. Jul 27, 2009
can someone tell me where the west forest parking lot is?
thanks Feb 2, 2010
Adam Knoff
Boulder, CO
Adam Knoff   Boulder, CO
To clarify, after a roughly 5 minute walk down the 4x4 road, you will pass under some power lines, and then the road will fork. Go RIGHT. Without knowing that, I went left yesterday on a hunch, and all it does is lead to the river after 10-15 more minutes. Hope that helps. Oct 28, 2010
Here's a map of the Gold Bar Boulder Trail There's a couple markers there for when the road forks. Each way is around an hour hike. Oct 28, 2010
Any clue how to drive up the road to the boulders? Saw a car in the upper parking lot today (3 miles in according to the book) Jun 20, 2011
John Rosenbaum
Cleveland, GA
John Rosenbaum   Cleveland, GA
Going to be in Seattle the first week in April. I am flying in and cant bring my pads. Any clue on anyone that rents crash pads? How are conditions at Gold Bar around that time? Any info will greatly be appreciated. Thanks Jan 4, 2013
ianv  
seattleboulderingproject.co…
For crash pad rentals. The only ones who rent crash pads in the area as far as I know. As far as weather, early April could go either way. Leavenworth is typically drier if Gold Bar is wet. Jan 17, 2013
Alan Zhan
Seattle, WA
Alan Zhan   Seattle, WA
you do need a discover pass to park at both the gate and the five star turnout. Discovered this today when I drove up and saw those signs. Aug 3, 2014
Brian W
Seattle, WA
Brian W   Seattle, WA
was parked at the gate today and one of my car windows was smashed out when I got back. Strangely, nothing was missing. I haven't heard of vandalism being an issue in Gold Bar before but thought I'd let you all know. Sep 14, 2014
Is their any way to drive up to the top? I know you used to be able to but now the logging company has put a gate up. Thanks Feb 16, 2015
How long is the hike to the boulders from the gate? Also is the five star boulder easier to get to? Apr 25, 2015
LittleGuy
Vancouver, WA
LittleGuy   Vancouver, WA
Heading to Gold Bar tomorrow 06.05.15, never been there. If anyone wants to boulder that knows the area let me know. I climb 5s sometimes 6s, but will try anything. Jun 4, 2015
Andrew6  
Does anyone know If the weekday closure still active? Thanks! Mar 19, 2017
Kyle Love
Redmond, WA
Kyle Love   Redmond, WA
Bouldering in the Pacific Northwest. Today's video features Reiter Foothills, Gold Bar, Washington! Let us know what you think.

youtube.com/watch?v=4ZWir3G…

If you want more, come subscribe to our YouTube channel! Oct 28, 2017
Got our car broken into on memorial day weekend (5/27/18). Window Smashed, items stolen. Lock EVERYTHING in your trunk when you leave your car!! May 28, 2018
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
That's sad to hear about the break-in Anika.
But thanks for the heads-up. May 28, 2018
Anyone know if you can camp in the area? I'd really like to just throw a tent up a few hundred feet from the boulders but I'm having a tough time finding info on whether that sort of thing is allowed or not. Jul 10, 2018
Hans Martin
Seattle
Hans Martin   Seattle
Just a reminder to be careful with your belongings in cars at the Goldbar parking lot. A friend had his car window smashed on July 8th, 2018. They made off with two backpacks but failed to steal correctly because they left the cams!
Either cover your stuff, don't take it, or take it with you to the boulders! Jul 12, 2018

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