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A variety of crags are accessible from the Snow Creek parking lot. The largest is Snow Creek Wall, which largely faces east.

Getting There 

The parking lot is about 4.3 miles up Icicle Creek Road. As it is also the parking for hikes into Snow Lakes and the Enchantments, it tends to fill up. A NW Forest pass is required to park here.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.1 miles from here

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Snow Creek Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snow Creek Area:
Loaves of Fun   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 100'   Pearly Gates
The Scene is Clean   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Pearly Gates
No Room For Squares   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Pearly Gates
Orbit   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 7 pitches, 800'   Snow Creek Wall
Outer Space   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Snow Creek Wall
Mary Jane Dihedral   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   Snow Creek Wall
Lost Souls   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Pearly Gates
TOOL TIME   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 100'   Pearly Gates
Cloud Nine   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   Pearly Gates
Celestial Groove   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Pearly Gates
Last Rites   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 70'   Pearly Gates
Veins of Glory   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Pearly Gates
RPM   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   Snow Creek Wall
Pearly Gates   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Pearly Gates
Iconoclast   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   Snow Creek Wall
Leap of Faith   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Pearly Gates
Speak No Evil   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Pearly Gates
Hyperspace   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 7 pitches, 800'   Snow Creek Wall
Edge of Space   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches   Snow Creek Wall
Poison Balance   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Pearly Gates
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Rock Climbing Photo: Lina leading up Cloud Nine (pitch 1) at Pearly Gat...

Cloud Nine 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Washington : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : ... : Pearly Gates
A great 2 pitch line that can be done in one if you have a 60m.P1- Tricky start (for a shorter person) leads to an excellent hand and fist crack (easier). Finishes at a two-bolt belay anchor. 5.8P2- Climb a slabby dihedral protected by three bolts (you can add gear too). This is the crux of the route. Some fun stemming. (A 5.9+ goes right.) Then traverse left on a much easier hand crack. Bolted anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Dec 14, 2015
Jon, I don't think Pearly gates quite works here, seems too far away and people will not know to look for it here. It actually deserves it's own area. But if one were to make an area called Snow creek drainage area, it could be included.
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Dec 16, 2015
Thanks for the suggestion Geoff.

The idea of using "drainage" sounds fine, and geological. Though actually, I was just lumping them together because they share the same parking lot. I'm with you on reducing the huge list of areas listed under the Icicle, but perhaps there should be a general rule to apply when lumping crags together. Or maybe it is just the naming. Should this be SC Drainage, SC Parking Lot, just SC, SC Area, or separate areas?

Suggestions anyone?

If two crags happen to be in different drainages, but share the same parking, then what should one do? Do climbers generally pay attention to drainages? Of course, other factors may be important too.

With mountains, we list each mountain as a separate area, even if they have the same parking lot, so maybe that approach applies to Pearly Gates and SC Wall. On the other hand, the Icicle had become a very long list...

I'm not the typical climber and lately haven't even been very active outdoors, so I'll favor others' suggestions over my own, but I would like to have some sort of underlying principle to follow.
By slim
May 26, 2016
couple questions about goat dome;

1) is the trail that branches off from the snow creek trail pretty obvious?

2) is it in pretty good shape or deathschwack?

3) does the top of the dome have a fairly straightforward walk off?

By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Jun 2, 2016
Hi Slim, there is not really a trail anymore, but pretty open, not too bush-wacky, easy to see where the main wall is and at which point you will cut off from switch backs. The big boulder mentioned in the book is very obvious. What usually happens is you find the better trail on your way out.
By slim
Jun 6, 2016
cool, thanks for the info geoff!

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