Elevation: 1,827 ft
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Admins: Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

Description

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

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 47
A Summer Known as Fall
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 40
A Castle so Crystal Clear
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 128
Sodflesh
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 78
Killer Bob
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 47
Awannaduya
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 119
Iguanarama
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 47
Gallivant
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 70
Radioactive Decay
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 127
I Remember Drooling
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 79
Tropicana
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 43
Scrubbing Neon
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 23
Appassionata
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 61
Primus
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 17
Crescendo of the Sarcophagus Ble…
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 13
My Sorrow Bleeds With Such Delight
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
A Summer Known as Fall Bob's Area > Peannacle Point
 47
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
A Castle so Crystal Clear Bob's Area > Peannacle Point
 40
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Sodflesh Amazonia
 128
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Killer Bob Bob's Area > Peannacle Point
 78
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Awannaduya Bob's Area > Peannacle Point
 47
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Iguanarama Amazonia
 119
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Gallivant Bob's Area > Peannacle Point
 47
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Radioactive Decay Amazonia
 70
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
I Remember Drooling Amazonia
 127
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tropicana Amazonia
 79
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Scrubbing Neon Amazonia
 43
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Appassionata Bob's Area > Lost Resort
 23
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Primus Amazonia
 61
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Crescendo of the Sarcophagu… Bob's Area > Lost Resort
 17
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
My Sorrow Bleeds With Such… Bob's Area > Valley View West
 13
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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