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Elevation: 2,776 ft 846 m
GPS: 47.42707, -121.4308
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Climbing areas near the crest of Snoqualmie Pass on I-90. Plenty of entry-level alpine rock climbs and summits; the main areas are the Commonwealth group (Guye, Snoqualmie, Lundin, Red and Kendall) or the Chair Peak ridge (Kaleetan, Chair, Bryant, Tooth and Denny.) South of the Pass and near Hyak areas have some lesser summits with scrambling approaches. Exit 47 has some sport and TR one-pitch climbs, and several small boulders are being developed.

Rock varies by mountain/area, but be prepared for plenty of chossy alpine rock on many of the peaks - Guye, Red and Chair notably. Exit 47 has some more solid granite.

This is the most popular area in Washington for alpine summit climbing, due to the ease of access, plethora of approach trails, lower-elevation summits and proximity to Seattle; so be ready for crowds on the possibly-scrambled mountains and the Tooth, in particular. However, the rock climbing crags that exist are generally less crowded than Exit 32 or 38.

Getting There Suggest change

I-90 exits 47 and 52-54.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Snoqualmie Pass Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
AI1-2 M2+ Mod. Snow
 16
South Gully/South Spur
Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine 4 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 245
South Face
Trad 4 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c AI2-3 M1-2 Mod. Snow
 47
Northeast Buttress
Mixed, Ice, Snow 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI3 M5- A1-2 Steep Snow
 18
New York Gully
Aid, Mixed, Ice, Snow 5 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 32
Voie de Chaise
Sport 8 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 33
Black Systems Solar
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 146
The Tooth Fairy
Sport 6 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 86
The Edge of Time Arete
Sport, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Imbibing the Movements on Human…
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 45
With Love Lie Ancients Nestled W…
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 14
Hummingbird Symphony
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 13
The Last of Summer
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 21
Crescendo of the Sarcophagus Bre…
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
Eternal Bliss Endured
Sport 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 7
Nocturnal Pulse of the Celestria…
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
South Gully/South Spur Guye Peak > Winter-Spring (ice, s…
 16
AI1-2 M2+ Mod. Snow Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine 4 pitches
South Face Tooth > Summer-Fall (rock)
 245
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 4 pitches
Northeast Buttress Chair Peak > Winter-Spring (ice, s…
 47
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c AI2-3 M1-2 Mod. Snow Mixed, Ice, Snow 4 pitches
New York Gully Snoqualmie Mountain
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI3 M5- A1-2 Steep Snow Aid, Mixed, Ice, Snow 5 pitches
Voie de Chaise Chair Peak > Summer-Fall (rock)
 32
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport 8 pitches
Black Systems Solar Keechelus Ridge > E Face
 33
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
The Tooth Fairy Tooth > Summer-Fall (rock)
 146
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 6 pitches
The Edge of Time Arete Fang
 86
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, Alpine 7 pitches
Imbibing the Movements on H… Keechelus Ridge > E Face
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
With Love Lie Ancients Nest… Keechelus Ridge > E Face
 45
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Hummingbird Symphony Keechelus Ridge > Lizard Ledge
 14
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Last of Summer Keechelus Ridge > Lizard Ledge
 13
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Crescendo of the Sarcophagu… Keechelus Ridge > E Face
 21
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Eternal Bliss Endured Keechelus Ridge > E Face
 5
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Nocturnal Pulse of the Cele… Keechelus Ridge > E Face
 7
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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