Elevation: 1,186 ft
GPS: 47.441, -121.668 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: skye h on Apr 20, 2018
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

Description

Exit 38, home to an abundance of sport routes, is nestled in the I-90 corridor just out of Seattle. It consists of 3 major sub-areas, each with its own parking area: Mt Washington, Deception Crags and Far Side. A Discover pass may be required to park in some areas.

A multitude of mini-crags can be found in these areas offering routes from 5.4 to 5.12+. Depending on the area you can find sun or shade. Some of the steeper routes are known to seep after rain.

Getting There

Take I-90 East from Seattle and take Exit 38. At the bottom of the exit ramp, take a right.

Mt Washington is the closest sub-area to the exit 38 ramp. To access Mt Washington and the associated crags, take a right on SE Homestead Valley Rd, and then a right onto the next gravel road, going up a small hill to the Deception Crags & Mt Washington trailhead. [needs Discover Pass]

Deception Crags is the next closest sub-area. To access Deception Crags, either park in the Mt Washington trailhead area [needs Discover Pass] and hike over to Deception Crags, or drive a mile further down SE Homestead Valley Rd, and park in one of the two pullouts on the left side of the road before you drive past Change Creek.

Far Side is the furthest area from the exit 38 ramp. Follow the road all the way around, go under the i-90 overpass and park in the parking lot listed on Google Maps as "Dirty Harry's Balcony - Trailhead" [needs Discover Pass]

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Classic Climbing Routes at Exit 38

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 94
Kiss of the Crowbar
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 186
Absolutely Nothing
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 115
Endless Bliss
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 121
Blockhead
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 89
Ellie's Sweet Kiss
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 103
The Plank
Sport 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 87
Iguanarama
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 83
Lovey-Dovey
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 103
Old Milwaukee Road
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 93
I Remember Drooling
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 109
Bad Choo Choo
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 89
Love Bucket
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 99
Steep Street
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 82
Architect Rally
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 78
Cultureshock
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Kiss of the Crowbar Exit 38: Far Side > Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 94
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Absolutely Nothing Exit 38: Decept… > We Did Rock
 186
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Endless Bliss Exit 38: Far Side > Gun Show
 115
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Blockhead Exit 38: Decept… > We Did Rock
 121
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Ellie's Sweet Kiss Exit 38: Far Side > Interstate Park > Eastern Block
 89
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
The Plank Exit 38: Far Side > Neverland > Lost Boys
 103
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 3 pitches
Iguanarama Exit 38: Mt Was… > Amazonia
 87
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Lovey-Dovey Exit 38: Decept… > Substation
 83
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Old Milwaukee Road Exit 38: Decept… > Deception Wall
 103
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
I Remember Drooling Exit 38: Mt Was… > Amazonia
 93
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Bad Choo Choo Exit 38: Decept… > We Did Rock
 109
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Love Bucket Exit 38: Decept… > Nevermind Wall
 89
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Steep Street Exit 38: Decept… > Nevermind Wall
 99
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Architect Rally Exit 38: Decept… > Nevermind Wall
 82
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Cultureshock Exit 38: Decept… > Nevermind Wall
 78
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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