Elevation: 1,335 ft
GPS: 47.848, -121.61 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jesse James on Mar 13, 2006 · Updates
Admins: Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters
Access Issue: Display Discover Pass, do not block gates, and park off the road Details

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

There are boulders scattered everywhere northeast of Gold Bar, both near the road and in the foothills. Almost all approaches, however, begin from parking on Reiter Road. From Highway 2 heading east out of Gold Bar, turn left on this road and drive for 2 miles. Several years ago, a driveable forest service road led up into the main areas, but it has since been closed to motorized vehicles. Thus you'll need to hike it. 

Most begin by parking at one of the two pullouts at 2.6 and 2.8 miles up Reiter Rd. It is important to keeping access that we don't block the gates or the road. The first pullout has trails that lead to the Five Star Warmup and the Grand Line boulders. The second leads to the Five Star Boulder. Past the 5 Star Boulder is a short bushwacky trail that connects with the gravel road. Follow the gravel road for almost 2 miles to reach the main areas, the Clearcut and the Forest.

To stay on gravel roads the entire time, park at the very first pullout/gate at 2.3 miles from Hwy 2 and follow the road left until under the power lines, then right for 2.5 miles to the Clearcut and Forest.

For more details on specific trails, see the individual areas.

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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.
V2 5+
 43
Beam Me Up
Boulder
V3- 6A
 46
Summer Solstice
Boulder
V3 6A
 31
Fern Crack
Boulder
V4 6B
 77
Midnight Lichen
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 24
Gates of Fire
Boulder
V4+ 6B+ PG13
 41
Serenity Now / Debbie Does Dallas
Boulder
V5 6C
 31
Stinkin' Slopers
Boulder
V5 6C
 48
Samurai
Boulder
V6- 7A PG13
 33
Ryan's Problem / Climax Control
Boulder
V6 7A
 28
The Five Star Arete
Boulder
V6 7A
 58
Sobriosity
Boulder
V6 7A
 43
Metroid Prime
Boulder
V7- 7A+
 43
Obesity
Boulder
V7 7A+
 29
Doja
Boulder
V7 7A+
 25
World's Best V7
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Beam Me Up Reiter Foothills > … > W Forest > Beam Me Up Boulder
 43
V2 5+ Boulder
Summer Solstice Reiter Foothills > Clearcut > Equinox Boulder
 46
V3- 6A Boulder
Fern Crack Reiter Foothills > … > Central Forest > Doja Boulder
 31
V3 6A Boulder
Midnight Lichen Reiter Foothills > … > Midnight Lichen… > Midnight Lichen
 77
V4 6B Boulder
Gates of Fire Reiter Foothills > … > E Forest > Thermopylae Wall
 24
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
Serenity Now / Debbie Does… Serene Area Bou… > Camp Serene
 41
V4+ 6B+ PG13 Boulder
Stinkin' Slopers Reiter Foothills > … > Midnight Lichen… > Stinkin' Slopers Boulder
 31
V5 6C Boulder
Samurai Reiter Foothills > … > E Forest > Cracked Egg Boulder
 48
V5 6C Boulder
Ryan's Problem / Climax Con… Serene Area Bou… > Camp Serene
 33
V6- 7A PG13 Boulder
The Five Star Arete Reiter Rd > Five Star Boulder
 28
V6 7A Boulder
Sobriosity Reiter Rd > Five Star Boulder
 58
V6 7A Boulder
Metroid Prime Reiter Foothills > … > E Forest > Metroid Prime Boulder
 43
V6 7A Boulder
Obesity Reiter Foothills > Clearcut > Fraggle Rock Group
 43
V7- 7A+ Boulder
Doja Reiter Foothills > … > Central Forest > Doja Boulder
 29
V7 7A+ Boulder
World's Best V7 Reiter Foothills > Zeke's Trail Bo… > World's Best Boulder
 25
V7 7A+ Boulder
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