Icicle Creek Rock Climbing
Icicle Canyon from the Star Wars boulders on Mount...
A great area just outside Leavenworth littered with granite crags, boulders and some ice climbs. The crags tend to be scattered. Some are roadside, while others have 1.5 hour uphill approaches. All aspects, and climbable in all seasons (though winter gets pretty chilly for rock). There are both crowded and secluded areas, and routes of all grades. This tends to be a more moderate area, with tons of classic routes 5.11 and under. But there are also some harder lines, quite a bit of hard bouldering, and potential for much more.
Classic climbs include Outer Space, Givler's Dome, the Regular Route on Careno Crag and many, many more.
The Icicle area is also a popular bouldering regions in the Pacific Northwest. The rock is granite, with a grain somewhat larger than that of the Skykomish Valley boulders, but the terrain tends to be flatter and the environment drier. There are classic problems of every grade here, and although the boulders themselves are spread out along the two canyons there are almost always plenty of problems within walking distance of a given road pullout.
There are several Forest Service campgrounds in the canyon.
The nearby town of Leavenworth is a faux-bavarian tourist town. Gustav's - on the main drag - has good pub food and a good brew selection.
Rest days include whitewater kayaking and rafting, guzzling brews on a sunny terrace in town, or hiking into the Enchantments, one of the most amazing alpine environments around.
Leavenworth is a short drive away for beer and food.
Take Highway 2 to Leavenworth. On the west side of town, follow Icicle Road into the canyon.
Weather station 5.1 miles from here
566 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',45],['3 Stars',189],['2 Stars',228],['1 Star',93],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Icicle Creek
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Icicle Creek:
Featured Route For Icicle Creek
Orbit 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
: Central-East Cascades, Wena...
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Orbit is probably the second-most popular route on Snow Creek Wall, and is regarded to have a more airy, exposed feel. Although the climbing is technically more moderate than Outer Space, the combination of exposure, route-finding challenges, and the occasional runout section combine to provide a spicy feel beyond the grade.With the exception of pitch 1, all pitches put your climber out of line-of-sight, and out of earshot.Pitch 0: 5.6, 180 feet. Scramble up to the large tree slightly right of ...[more] Browse More Classics in Washington
Colchuck Lake reflections
Icicle Creek-fall 1976. Photo by Blitzo.
Mountain goat near Aasgard Pass
Looking down to the lower Snow Lake
Awsome Canyon, made me feel right at home.
Clouds moving in down Icicle Canyon
Beautiful view from the Pearly Gates
Great day down Icicle Canyon
Late evening view from under Givler's Dome.
BETA PHOTO: Near the Black Pyramid from the uper Rat Creek dra...