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Elevation: 1,827 ft 557 m
GPS: 47.44019, -121.67703
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Description Suggest change

Mt Washington is one of three major areas at Exit 38 off the I-90 corridor east of Seattle, the nearest to the exit. A Discover pass is required to park in the trailhead parking lot.


The area consists of several groupings of crags on and around the popular Mt Washington trail. It has never been as popular as Deception Crags or the Far Side, probably because of the longer approaches and the lack of a beginner crag like Write-off or Gritscone. The climbing here is all on metamorphosed andesite aka rhinostone, but is unique from the rest of X38. It tends to be slightly overhanging, with crumbly/grippy to very slick texture, unlike the blocky jugs at Deception or the angular flakes of Far Side diorite. There are many excellent pitches here, including some of the best pure trad lines in the exits, which tend to be in the 5.10 to 5.11 range. Several of the crags are higher-elevation than most in the area, allowing for great views and cooler summer temperatures if you're willing to make the hike.

Getting There Suggest change

From the trailhead parking lot take the trail closest to the restroom. Go uphill and take a right onto a gravel road. This joins up with another gravel road (keep going straight, don't take the hairpin turn). After a few minutes, you will see two trails leading into the forest--take the second one. Someone carved Mt WA into the right hand tree so you won't miss it. This is the trail that takes you to the Bob's Wall area and you will pass a few crags along the way.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mt Washington

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 87
Killer Bob
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 154
Iguanarama
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 150
I Remember Drooling
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 95
Tropicana
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 27
Firing Up Bob
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 28
Appassionata
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 80
Primus
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Cascadia Crack
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 24
Crescendo of the Sarcophagus Ble…
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 13
Mr. Big
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
Stihl Fingers
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 21
My Sorrow Bleeds With Such Delight
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 6
Empty Martyr Breeding Room
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
Cyanide
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 7
Crawling from the Wreckage
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Killer Bob Bob's Area > Peannacle Point
 87
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Iguanarama Amazonia
 154
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
I Remember Drooling Amazonia
 150
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tropicana Amazonia
 95
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Firing Up Bob Bob's Area > Lost Resort
 27
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Appassionata Bob's Area > Lost Resort
 28
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Primus Amazonia
 80
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Cascadia Crack Bob's Area > Valley View West
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Crescendo of the Sarcophagu… Bob's Area > Lost Resort
 24
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Mr. Big Club Paradiso / The A…
 13
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Stihl Fingers Bob's Area > Chainsaw Wall
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
My Sorrow Bleeds With Such… Bob's Area > Valley View West
 21
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Empty Martyr Breeding Room Bob's Area > Valley View West
 6
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Cyanide Club Paradiso / The A…
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Crawling from the Wreckage Bob's Area > Lost Resort
 7
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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