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Elevation: 451 ft 137 m
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North Bend is the primary climbing destination for Seattle climbers and is the stepping point for a huge variety of climbing. That being said, 95% of visitors are interested in the 700+ fully bolted sport climbs scattered up and down the Snoqualmie valley within 15 minutes of the town. The other 5 percent may take an interest in the alpine granite adventure in the Middle Fork, Washington's only drytooling, or the selection of recently developed bouldering.

North Bend sport climbing is fairly varied from grade range to rock type to angle. The stone is a heritage to the volcanic history of the state's geology, a metamorphosed andesite that is generally hard, fractured, and brittle, but ranges from gritty and textured to slippery and polished. Near the eastern edge of the climbs it begins to mix with the core Cascade granodiorite, but mostly it is steep, juggy, smooth and unpredictable in sequence.

The climbing season generally begins in April and lasts till mid October, with the best conditions likely in June. Year round climbing is possible but learning which routes seep and which routes dry quickly takes time. Rain shuts down any consistent climbing season from November to March, but freezing winter weather isn't common. 

While there's a decent selection of beginner and moderate routes, the quality really begins to increase at 5.10+ and up. The grade concentration is a bit odd at times, with occasional 5.9s next to 5.12s. However for the best 5.12-5.13 concentration there's only a couple cliffs that qualify.

Much of the cragging requires only a 60m rope and a dozen or fewer quickdraws. Fixed draws are common only at the few walls where you might need a 70m. A few routes in the better rock patches offer enjoyable crack pitches for which a double rack to 3 inches will almost always be suitable.

The local ethic is generally to lower off both chain and fixed draw anchors, especially as many steeper routes are difficult to clean on rappel. However ALWAYS toprope through your own gear.

The town of North Bend has full amenities like grocery stores, gas, auto parts, etc. The Dairy Freeze is a classic burger joint and the Little Si Restaurant and Lounge a good fine dining option. Bakery is worth a visit as well. If you're a fan of Twin Peaks, keep an eye out for the Double R as well as some inspired route names. Plenty of swimming options in the South Fork Snoqualmie which runs fairly near every parking lot for the sport crags. 

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I-90 exits 32 (for North Bend proper, Rattlesnake Lake and the Middle Fork area) and 38 (for the obvious) 

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Classic Climbing Routes at North Bend & Vicinity

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 190
Goddess
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 96
BLM-6
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 80
Primus
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 73
La Vida Locomotive
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 220
Aborigine
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 232
Rainy Day Women
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 146
Cultureshock
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 105
Lay of the Land
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 54
[E] Technorigine
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 74
Propaganda
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 50
[E] Psychosomatic
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 37
[E] Californicator
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 19
[E] Black Ice
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 40
Chronic
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 11
[E] Pornstar
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Goddess Exit 32; Little Si > British Aisles/… > (d) AWOL
 190
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
BLM-6 Exit 32; Little Si > World Wall Group > World Wall
 96
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Primus Exit 38 > Mt Washington > Amazonia
 80
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
La Vida Locomotive Exit 38 > Deception Crags > Deception Wall
 73
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Aborigine Exit 32; Little Si > World Wall Group > World Wall
 220
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Rainy Day Women Exit 32; Little Si > World Wall Group > World Wall
 232
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Cultureshock Exit 38 > Deception Crags > Nevermind Wall
 146
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Lay of the Land Exit 32; Little Si > Woods Group > (a) Midland
 105
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
[E] Technorigine Exit 32; Little Si > World Wall Group > World Wall
 54
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Propaganda Exit 32; Little Si > World Wall Group > World Wall
 74
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
[E] Psychosomatic Exit 32; Little Si > World Wall Group > World Wall
 50
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
[E] Californicator Exit 32; Little Si > World Wall Group > World Wall
 37
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
[E] Black Ice Exit 32; Little Si > World Wall Group > World Wall
 19
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Chronic Exit 32; Little Si > World Wall Group > World Wall
 40
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
[E] Pornstar Exit 32; Little Si > World Wall Group > World Wall
 11
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport
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