Mountain Project Logo

Areas in Lucid Boulders

Awakening Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Baby Jesus Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
CGLB Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Cocaine Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Fats Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Highball with the Devil Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Kuba Slab Cluster 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Monkey Joke Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
One Better Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
V3 Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5


A large cluster of beautiful white boulders that were once hidden under moss are located below the Spring Mountain climbing area. With 60+ established problems in one location within 5 minutes from the car, it makes this a great spot for a weekend trip. It is in a very shaded location, making it good for the hotter days.

Getting There

This shares the same campsite as Spring Mountain.

From Darrington, head south on Mountain Loop Hwy for approximately 16 miles, the pavement ends around 8-9 miles. Then turning left on FS 49. Drive another 2.5 miles. There will be a pullout with a campsite.

From the campsite, cross the road. Walk to the V3 boulder, which leads to the main cluster.

A Northwest Forest pass is required for parking here.

43 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Lucid Boulders Change
Type:  to 
Sort by:   then:

Weather Averages

Days w Precip
Prime Climbing Season


Warren Clemans
Seattle, Wa
Warren Clemans   Seattle, Wa
As of 6/24/17, the road is blocked by a washout .6 miles from the turnoff from Mountain Loop Highway. We saw a minivan that had passed the washout, but we thought it wasn't worth the risk. It's an easy 2-mile walk to the boulders from there. Jun 26, 2017
Josh Morgan
Arlington, WA
Josh Morgan   Arlington, WA
As of June 2018 the roads are clear for any vehicle to make it through. The forest is taking these boulders back pretty quick so bring some brushes to clean a little. Jun 26, 2018
Honestly we are so disappointed by this spot. Whoever developed it did so with no respect for nature at all. They chopped down a bunch of trees to gain access to mediocre problems, and just left the hacked stumps and limbs all over like a war zone. The climbs clearly had chipping and manipulated holds created on a few l, we found the flakes all over and could piece them back on. They left ladders and brushes under rocks and trash from their mad rock triple pad laying around.

We felt pissed to see this spot left like this. If you are eager to develop a spot and make it your own, you best remember that it is nature’s first and we are gifted the ability to share in it.

After being to every state and even finding climbing in North Dakota, this is one of the saddest we have been to. Who ever took an axe to the poor trees to gain access to Micah’s wizard sleeve or whatever it’s name is should be ashamed. You killed beautiful young trees for a climb that does not deserve the space they lived in. Jul 24, 2018
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Jesse, if indeed people don't like the experience of climbing here, you can be sure that the trees and moss will be back soon enough. I wouldn't fret. If you hang out in this environment for a few years, you'll understand.

I agree though that it is not nice to leave trash. It is nice to bring a bag to carry out the things people carelessly left behind.

If you consider route development to be analogous to trail development, and then perhaps you might not get so angry? Just a suggestion. On the west side here, you can be fairly certain that nearly all the classic routes have had extensive cleaning. And because of the cleaning, more folks go out and enjoy the outdoors. This isn't saying it is necessarily a justification, but if one thinks that way, one might be a little less upset. Jul 24, 2018 · Temporary Report
Everett WA
michal   Everett WA
Jesse you have no idea what your talking about. We did not cut any alive trees. Its in a clearcut hence all the cut trees..... And we chipped no holds. Their are loose flakes on unclimbed rock. You honestly have no idea the amount of cleaning the fabled lower town wall at Index has had. Literally tens of thousands of pounds of dirt and vegetation! Jul 26, 2018
Hey Jesse, I don’t usually like to chime in, but I’m sorry you are such a bitter human and hope the best for you in life’s travels. Jul 26, 2018
Yes we are totally wrong...

If this is a clear cut as Sara claims, then it is the most dense clear cut we have ever seen.

Yes we are bitter angry evil people who feel that cutting down trees to open up a short climb is something that people should not do.

We have been on the road for two years and climbed in almost every state. There is no place for the destruction of young trees to develop a problem.

You see it as you wish. Take a ride out there yourself soon and you can see what we saw.

Either way, we could care less about how we are viewed for voicing our opinion on the wrongs of destroying heathy up right young trees.

If you love the outdoors and want generations to come to have the same joy, then respect it fully. That’s our perspective.

Everyone has their right to their view. Aug 6, 2018
Alan Zhan
Seattle, WA
Alan Zhan   Seattle, WA
Hey Jesse, the ethics here in Washington are for better or for worse, decidedly different than other places I have been to (specifically California). I think this has a lot to do with the amount of climbing that is developed in forests that are grown for their lumber, and are at best temporary to begin with (Gold Bar is an example of this). In addition, it's so wet up here and there's just so much growth that a few trees or a bit of moss is easy to miss. I mean some problems get buried in the Washington forests over a single wet season.

That being said I dunno about the ladders, brushes, and trash left lying around. Aug 6, 2018
Everett WA
michal   Everett WA
There are ladders stashed at leavenworth, Squamish, Sasquatch, Index etc..... Brushes are not trash. Use em! Dont go to Squamish or youll be very disappointed of the trails and cutting at Grand Wall Boulders. Aug 7, 2018
yeah, i don't think the PNW is for you jesse. there would be almost zero decent rock climbing at a lot of the better areas up here if it wasn't for excavation style cleaning. you really shouldn't worry about it though, the forest aggressively reclaims everything so fast and furious that when man is extinct in about 100 years there will be no sign of us being here. Aug 7, 2018
Hey Jesse, if your that worried about human impact, I’m sure the fossil fuels used to drive to these tiny rocks are also a consideration? Some quick research told me that a single gallon of gas creates 20 lbs of carbon dioxide. Guessing that you burned at least 4 gallons to get here and back and an average mature tree absorbs 48 lbs of carbon monoxide a year, your carbon foot print is looking worst then this hypothetical damage from a cut tree. If it is aesthetics you are concerned about, that has very little effect on ecological concerns. Plus, we banned straws in Seattle, so we occupy a higher moral plain. Aug 7, 2018

More About Lucid Boulders

What's New
Guidebooks (1)

All Photos Within Lucid Boulders (62)

Most Popular · Newest · Random