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Exit 38: Far Side Rock Climbing 

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A companion to Deception Crags, the Far Side is a collection of bolted crags located on the north side of I-90. Most of the crags have southern exposure and get good sunlight. The Far Side was established more recently than Deception Crags, and it is often less crowded. The Far Side is still actively being developed, particularly at Gun Show and Neverland.

There are five main crags at the Far Side: Overhaul, Gritscone, Gun Show, Interstate Park, and Winter Block (listed by proximity to the trailhead). Overhaul offers the most climbs and most difficulty. Gritscone and to a lesser extent Interstate Park offer more for beginners.

Another small grouping of crags, Neverland, has recently been developed.

For routes at the Deception crags and Mt. Washington, see the separate listing under "North Bend".

Getting There 

Get off I-90 at Exit 38 and follow the frontage road east past the Deception Crag parking for roughly two miles. After crossing under I-90, park at a large pullout under a high voltage line just before reaching an access gate. Hike down the road past the gate and across the bridge over the Snoqualmie. Once over the bridge, jump the guard rail on the east side of the road and look for a trail heading up into the woods. This is the approach trail for Gritscone, Overhaul, Gun Show and Interstate Park.

To reach Neverland, continue hiking on the road over a short hill. The approach trail begins on the east side, opposite a small utility building.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

131 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',71],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Exit 38: Far Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Exit 38: Far Side:
Kiss of the Crowbar   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Interstate Park : Eastern Block
Nocturnal Remission   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Headlight Point
Insomniac   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Headlight Point
Tunnel of Love   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   Interstate Park : Eastern Block
impartial eclipse   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 65'   Interstate Park : Eastern Block
Endless Bliss   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Gun Show
I wanna go home   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 115'   Neverland : Lost Boys
Siamese Dream   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Slabbage Patch
Ellie's Sweet Kiss   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 75'   Interstate Park : Eastern Block
Elation at the End of Eternity   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Gun Show
Sheltered Upbringing   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Motherland
The Plank   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 200'   Neverland : Lost Boys
Missing the Taco   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   Interstate Park : Eastern Block
I've got some good news, and some bad news   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Interstate Park : Eastern Block
Booty Squirrel   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Gritscone
Space Face   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   Interstate Park : Eastern Block
Strategic Placement   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   Interstate Park : Eastern Block
Super Squish   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Gun Show
A Girl's Best Friend   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Gritscone
Free Radical   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Shangri-La
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Crouching Tiger 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Washington : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : ... : Shangri-La
Excellent movement on high friction slopers and angular holds. The crux is going past the second bolt. The bottom of the route may be wet following rain, but the top portion is almost always dry....[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Nov 3, 2014
In my opinion it would make sense to have Relief Camp, Motherland, Slabbage patch all under the Overhaul wall heading. This is the way Bryan set it up.
By Ian Simpson
Jul 16, 2015
I stumbled across a South-eastern facing cave low of the Interstate trail. A number of bolted routes that appear rather stout. Does anyone have any beta on it or the history?
By C.jake
Aug 24, 2015
Okay. I have a little beta bone to pick here. First of all, this is not a parking lot crag. Allow yourself a solid 25 minutes to get to the farther walls such as interstate and gun show. If you are going to those crags, you need to take the fork to the right directly after the FOURTH underground cable sign. There are many of these signs, the first set of small rocks and crags is well past the first underground cable sign.
By Pawel Janowski
From: WA
Oct 12, 2015
Agree with the previous comments: the current MP description is a bit confusing, especially for someone visiting for the first time. As a minimum I would recommend reorganizing the areas/sub-areas. Relief camp, Motherland and Slabbage Patch should all go under Overhaul. Headlight point belongs under Interstate Park. Second, let's get more photos in, at least one per sub-area to help get situated. I'll try to get some next time I go.
By cseay
Jul 30, 2016
LOST AND FOUND: Found a GPS device in the parking lot today. Hoping to find the owner, please respond to this post if you are missing one.
By Ross Coyle
Aug 14, 2016
Found climbing shoes in the parking lot, PM me with details and I'll get them to you!
By Aaron Erman
Aug 30, 2016
Gun Show completely damaged by rock slide.
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Feb 18, 2017
The old road is completely obliterated with fallen trees, branches etc. Mother nature lending a hand to the folks building the new dirty harry trail. The ice storms stripped many limbs from Alders and snapped tops off of many trees. 2/18/17
By Rishi Reddy
Apr 18, 2017
Lost: A single La Sportiva Genius Shoe. It's a left shoe, size 41, lost somewhere in the bushwack around Motherland or Sunshine Vista. If you find it, let me know!

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