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Elevation: 1,335'
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Probably the best bouldering near Seattle. There may currently be access issues.

The boulders are great angular-cut granite with excellent friction.

Being on the west side, moss can grow back quickly. So if you think you have cleaned off a new problem, please check the guidebooks carefully and ask around -- it might be an older problem that has grown over.

Getting There 

Take Hwy 2 east past Gold Bar, then turn left onto Reiter road. Take this until the road makes a very sharp turn to the left, but go straight instead of turning. There is an obvious 4X4 road on the left after a few miles. It is distinguishable by its giant mud puddle about 30 feet off the road. This road leads up into the clear cut with lots of boulders everywhere.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.8 miles from here

159 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',21],['3 Stars',68],['2 Stars',54],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Gold Bar Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gold Bar Boulders:
Summer Solstice   V3- 6A     Boulder   Forest
Fern Crack   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Forest
Gates of Fire   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Forest
Baby Crackhead   V4 6B     Boulder   Forest
Jaws   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   Zeke's Trail Boulders
Midnight Lichen   V4 6B     Boulder   Forest
Samurai   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Forest
Serenity Now   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 18'   Camp Serene
Stinkin' Slopers   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Forest
Unholy   V5 6C     Boulder   Clearcut : Aries Boulders
Ryan's Problem   V6 7A PG13     Boulder, 20'   Camp Serene
Sobriosity   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   5 Star Boulder
Obesity   V6 7A     Boulder   Clearcut : Fraggle Rock Group
Five Star arete   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   5 Star Boulder
Doja   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Forest
World's Best   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Zeke's Trail Boulders
Aries: God of War   V8 7B     Boulder   Clearcut : Aries Boulders
Ross Bongo   V8 7B     Boulder, 20'   5 Star Boulder
Equinox   V10 7C+     Boulder   Clearcut : Equinox Group
Ebriosity   V11 8A     Boulder, 20'   5 Star Boulder
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By jonah
Mar 13, 2006
The turnoff is 2.1 miles from the Highway 2/Reiter road intersection.

The 5 star boulder pullout is on Reiter road a bit further up. It's about a 10 minute walk from the car and is really a world-class boulder.

There is an effort to resolve access issues before they become real problems, and to preserve this great bouldering area. For info, check out the Washington Climbers Coalition,

Now, who wants to post beta about specific problems? Specifically, what are all the problems on the 5 star? Where is Doja?
By gabriel cisneros
Jun 8, 2007
Kelly Sheridan has a guide book for Gold Bar that is coming out soon. Check your local climbing stores. His guide book has a ton of Gold Bar problems that are not listed on this site, plus it covers Index and Leavenworth. Click on Kelly's name to contact him and get a guide directly from him.
By Kelly Sheridan
From: Seattle, WA
Jul 22, 2007
Central Washington Bouldering: Leavenworth and Gold Bar has finally been released! The book contains over 500 problems in Leavenworth and roughly 150 in Gold Bar. The easiest way to get the guide is to purchase it directly from the publisher at their site:

Happy climbing,

By stredna
From: PA
Apr 2, 2009
Anyone know of Conservation/Environmental jobs in the Wenatchee/Leavenworth area, please do not hesitate to PM me! Would love to live there.
By Kalua
Apr 27, 2009
Are there current access issues at Gold Bar?
By seand
From: Seattle, WA
Jul 27, 2009
Be respectful when climbing at Serene and the beach as those are on private property. The land owner for Serene is a nice guy but protecting his land and family are important to him (ran into him today and had a nice chat). Pack out what you pack in and there will be no problems.
By Brandon Roberts
Feb 2, 2010
can someone tell me where the west forest parking lot is?
By Adam Knoff
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 28, 2010
To clarify, after a roughly 5 minute walk down the 4x4 road, you will pass under some power lines, and then the road will fork. Go RIGHT. Without knowing that, I went left yesterday on a hunch, and all it does is lead to the river after 10-15 more minutes. Hope that helps.
By laurichj
Oct 28, 2010
Here's a map of the Gold Bar Boulder Trail There's a couple markers there for when the road forks. Each way is around an hour hike.
By gskis Ray
Jun 20, 2011
Any clue how to drive up the road to the boulders? Saw a car in the upper parking lot today (3 miles in according to the book)
By John Rosenbaum
From: Cleveland, GA
Jan 4, 2013
Going to be in Seattle the first week in April. I am flying in and cant bring my pads. Any clue on anyone that rents crash pads? How are conditions at Gold Bar around that time? Any info will greatly be appreciated. Thanks
By ianv
Jan 17, 2013
For crash pad rentals. The only ones who rent crash pads in the area as far as I know. As far as weather, early April could go either way. Leavenworth is typically drier if Gold Bar is wet.
By Alan Zhan
From: Seattle, WA
Aug 3, 2014
you do need a discover pass to park at both the gate and the five star turnout. Discovered this today when I drove up and saw those signs.
By Brian W
From: Seattle, WA
Sep 14, 2014
was parked at the gate today and one of my car windows was smashed out when I got back. Strangely, nothing was missing. I haven't heard of vandalism being an issue in Gold Bar before but thought I'd let you all know.
By senorquill
Feb 16, 2015
Is their any way to drive up to the top? I know you used to be able to but now the logging company has put a gate up. Thanks
By BoulderNerd
Apr 25, 2015
How long is the hike to the boulders from the gate? Also is the five star boulder easier to get to?
By LittleGuy
From: Vancouver, WA
Jun 4, 2015
Heading to Gold Bar tomorrow 06.05.15, never been there. If anyone wants to boulder that knows the area let me know. I climb 5s sometimes 6s, but will try anything.
By Andrew6
Mar 19, 2017
Does anyone know If the weekday closure still active? Thanks!

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