Elevation: 451 ft
GPS: 47.49346, -121.77961
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Description

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. 

Getting There

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

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 264
Reptiles and Amphetamines
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 181
Endless Bliss
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 99
Mambo Jambo
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 130
Iguanarama
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 185
Old Milwaukee Road
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 150
Goddess
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 84
Tropicana
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 252
Son of Jesus
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 87
BLM-6
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 203
Aborigine
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 108
Megatherion
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 87
Psycho Wussy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 206
Rainy Day Women
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 129
Cultureshock
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 81
Lay of the Land
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Reptiles and Amphetamines Exit 32 / Littl… > World Wall
 264
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Endless Bliss Exit 38 > Far Side > Gun Show
 181
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
Mambo Jambo Exit 32 / Littl… > British Aisles/… > (c) Repo II
 99
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Iguanarama Exit 38 > Mt Washington > Amazonia
 130
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Old Milwaukee Road Exit 38 > Deception Crags > Deception Wall
 185
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Goddess Exit 32 / Littl… > British Aisles/… > (d) AWOL
 150
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Tropicana Exit 38 > Mt Washington > Amazonia
 84
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Son of Jesus Exit 32 / Littl… > World Wall
 252
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
BLM-6 Exit 32 / Littl… > World Wall
 87
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Aborigine Exit 32 / Littl… > World Wall
 203
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Megatherion Exit 32 / Littl… > World Wall
 108
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Psycho Wussy Exit 32 / Littl… > World Wall
 87
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Rainy Day Women Exit 32 / Littl… > World Wall
 206
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Cultureshock Exit 38 > Deception Crags > Nevermind Wall
 129
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Lay of the Land Exit 32 / Littl… > Woods Group > Midland
 81
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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