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Snow Creek Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,458'
Location: 47.52963, -120.71869 View Map  Incorrect?
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Snow Creek Wall at approximately 800 feet in height is the premier crag in the Leavenworth area. Routes range from 5.7 to 5.12a and up to 8 pitches long. The rock is a high friction granite with good cracks and a large number of chickenheads on it. The classic rock climb Outer Space is located here, and is regarded as one of the best routes in the state.

Snow Creek Wall is a good place to climb in the spring and fall. It is a good idea to avoid this area in the heart of the summer due to its low elevation and eastern exposure. Expect crowds on the popular routes almost every weekend.

Getting There 

Park at the Snow Creek Wall parking lot in Icicle Creek Canyon. This is also known for the hike up to Snow Lake. Hike up the Snow Lake Trailhead for approximately 45 minutes until directly across from the wall. Leave the trail and find a log to cross the creek on, then proceed uphill to the base of the wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.1 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Snow Creek Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snow Creek Wall:
Orbit   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 7 pitches, 800'   
Outer Space   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
Mary Jane Dihedral   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   
RPM   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Iconoclast   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   
Hyperspace   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 7 pitches, 800'   
Edge of Space   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches   
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While RPM is an independent route to the top, it is rarely done and most parties will elect to continue up Outer Space after the second pitch.Pitch 1: move up a short, dirty sparsely bolted slab to a smallish ledge below a dihedral (10d). This pitch can easily be avoided by climbing/scrambling up the first portion of Remorse 30 feet to the right (5.0).Pitch 2: Make your way up to the dihedral then jam and layback your way up to the 3 foot roof. Pull over the roof on to great finger locks (crux...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mossy pine tree on top of Snow Creek Wall.
Mossy pine tree on top of Snow Creek Wall.
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By ScottH
Feb 1, 2006
The descent off of Snow Creek Wall is probably not that complicated in the day, but if you find yourself doing it for the first time at night, as I did, you will be hating life. Here are some general tips:

1) From the top, do not descend the first gully. Cross the gully and begin descending the rib to its right. There is some downclimbing here, but you will eventually find a trail.

2) You will be heading generally down and right, towards the creek. After crossing a slab, head down.

3) You will now head down and way back left, picking your way across slabs. Downclimb a steep gully with a large tree in it. Pick up the trail leading left around a huge boulder.

4) When you come to another gully, do not go down-- go across and you will find yourself at the base of Orbit.

5) This place is swarming with ticks. Watch out.
By "Canada" Eric Ruljancich
May 8, 2009
"As of April 22, 2009, most of Snow Creek Wall is subject to a formal closure to protect falcons that are nesting on Library Ledge, on Outer Space, the most famous climb in Leavenworth. The closure will remain in place through the nesting season, which is expected to end July 31, 2009."
By Loucks
Jul 20, 2009
Snow Creek Wall Closure

The temporary closure in effect for the Snow Creek Wall (about 5 miles up the Icicle Road from Leavenworth) will be lifted on midnight, July 14 this year. The Main Wall and Shield area of the wall was closed to minimize human disturbance to peregrine falcons nesting in this area. Three falcon chicks fledged July 7th. Young will stay in the vicinity of their natal cliff and continue to be dependent on parent birds for food up to six weeks post-fledging. The Forest Service would like to thank the climbing community for supporting the closure and ensuring another successful year. Climbers are welcome back on the Main Wall starting July 15.
By JimL
Apr 16, 2012
Anyone ventured up and around Snow Creek Wall lately? Wondering about snow on the approach.
By Speckid
Jul 13, 2015
Just a heads up there is a wasp nest directly above the P1 bolt belay of Remorse and RPM and they do not like you there. I learned the hard way with about 20-30 wasp stings, and now have remorse. Be careful!!!
By Serge Smirnov
Oct 6, 2015
The climbers trail leaves the main trail at 47.528 degrees north.
By Sara Campbell
Aug 29, 2016
FYI I think this is also called the "Snow Lake Trail" and "Snow Lake Trailhead," if you're looking at the sign that says that (instead of "Snow Creek"), and wondering if you're at the right place...

[Admin note: Thanks Sara, I fixed the description. --Jon]

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