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Areas in Snow Creek Area

Easter Tower 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Pearly Gates 20 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Snow Creek Wall 9 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
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Description [Suggest Change]

A variety of crags are accessible from the Snow Creek parking lot. The largest is Snow Creek Wall, which largely faces east.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

The parking lot is about 4.3 miles up Icicle Creek Road. As it is also the parking for hikes into Snow Lakes and the Enchantments, it tends to fill up. A NW Forest pass is required to park here.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Snow Creek Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
The Scene is Clean
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 72
No Room For Squares
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 34
Loaves of Fun
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 105
Orbit
Trad 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 405
Outer Space
Trad 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 89
Cloud Nine
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 34
Lost Souls
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 96
Celestial Groove
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 29
Veins of Glory
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
RPM
Trad 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 48
Pearly Gates
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 32
Iconoclast
Trad 8 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 39
Hyperspace
Trad 7 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
Leap of Faith
Trad, Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 11
Edge of Space
Trad, Sport 7 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Scene is Clean Pearly Gates
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
No Room For Squares Pearly Gates
 72
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Loaves of Fun Pearly Gates
 34
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Orbit Snow Creek Wall
 105
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 7 pitches
Outer Space Snow Creek Wall
 405
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 6 pitches
Cloud Nine Pearly Gates
 89
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Lost Souls Pearly Gates
 34
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Celestial Groove Pearly Gates
 96
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Veins of Glory Pearly Gates
 29
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
RPM Snow Creek Wall
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Pearly Gates Pearly Gates
 48
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Iconoclast Snow Creek Wall
 32
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 8 pitches
Hyperspace Snow Creek Wall
 39
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 7 pitches
Leap of Faith Pearly Gates
 16
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Edge of Space Snow Creek Wall
 11
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport 7 pitches
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geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
geoff georges   Seattle, Wa.
Jon, I don't think Pearly gates quite works here, seems too far away and people will not know to look for it here. It actually deserves it's own area. But if one were to make an area called Snow creek drainage area, it could be included. Dec 14, 2015
Jon Nelson
Bellingham, WA
Jon Nelson   Bellingham, WA  
Thanks for the suggestion Geoff.

The idea of using "drainage" sounds fine, and geological. Though actually, I was just lumping them together because they share the same parking lot. I'm with you on reducing the huge list of areas listed under the Icicle, but perhaps there should be a general rule to apply when lumping crags together. Or maybe it is just the naming. Should this be SC Drainage, SC Parking Lot, just SC, SC Area, or separate areas?

Suggestions anyone?

If two crags happen to be in different drainages, but share the same parking, then what should one do? Do climbers generally pay attention to drainages? Of course, other factors may be important too.

With mountains, we list each mountain as a separate area, even if they have the same parking lot, so maybe that approach applies to Pearly Gates and SC Wall. On the other hand, the Icicle had become a very long list...

I'm not the typical climber and lately haven't even been very active outdoors, so I'll favor others' suggestions over my own, but I would like to have some sort of underlying principle to follow.
Thanks- Dec 16, 2015
slim    
couple questions about goat dome;

1) is the trail that branches off from the snow creek trail pretty obvious?

2) is it in pretty good shape or deathschwack?

3) does the top of the dome have a fairly straightforward walk off?

thanks! May 26, 2016
geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
geoff georges   Seattle, Wa.
Hi Slim, there is not really a trail anymore, but pretty open, not too bush-wacky, easy to see where the main wall is and at which point you will cut off from switch backs. The big boulder mentioned in the book is very obvious. What usually happens is you find the better trail on your way out. Jun 2, 2016
slim    
cool, thanks for the info geoff! Jun 6, 2016

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