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White River Trail #1199
Nice rolling, shady singletrack following Highway 410. Near Buckley, Washington
Noble Knob Trail #1184
An alpine connector with plenty of views along the way. Near Buckley, Washington
Skookum Flats Ride
A classic rugged river trail along the west bank of the White River. Near Buckley, Washington
Suntop Trail #1183
An immensely fast trail with some steady climbs mixed in. Near Buckley, Washington
Palisades Trail #1198
Primo singletrack along a strikingly beautiful trail with cliffs and lush forests. Near Buckley, Washington
Ranger Creek Trail #1197
A fast downhill romp with multiple switchbacks and technical sections to navigate. Near Buckley, Washington
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Southwest Cascades Rock Climbing 

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Mt Adams from St Helens summit.


Roughly the rectangular region with Tacoma at its NW corner and Hood River on the Columbia at its SE corner. Includes Mt Rainier area.

Getting There 

I5 going N-S, smaller roads E-W.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

429 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',30],['3 Stars',181],['2 Stars',149],['1 Star',57],['Bomb',3]

Classic Climbing Routes in Southwest Cascades

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southwest Cascades:
Liberty Ridge   AI2-3 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 10500'   Mount Rainier
Kautz Glacier   WI2-3     Ice, Alpine, 9000'   Mount Rainier
Ingraham Glacier-Disappointment Cleaver Route   Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine   Mount Rainier
Emmons Glacier   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 10700'   Mount Rainier
South Spur        Trad, Alpine   Mount Adams
South East Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Beacon Rock : South Face
Numb Nuts   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 95'   Ozone : (9) New School Wall
Kung Fu   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Ozone : (4) Gold Wall
Helm's Deep   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 85'   Ozone : (2) Middle Earth
Snake Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   Ozone : (3) Snake Wall
Young Warriors   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Beacon Rock : South Face
Step Child   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 65'   Ozone : {10} Mordor
Party At The Moon Tower   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Ozone : (3) Snake Wall
Carrots for Everyone   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Ozone : (5) Old Tree Wall
Kamikaze   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 75'   Ozone : (5) Old Tree Wall
May Day   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Ozone : (5) Old Tree Wall
Rauch Factor   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 90'   Ozone : (6) Shield Wall
High Plains Drifter   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 75'   Ozone : (6) Shield Wall
House of Pain   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Ozone : (2) Middle Earth
Chainmail   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Ozone : (6) Shield Wall
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Featured Route For Southwest Cascades
Rock Climbing Photo: kautz glacie route

Kautz Glacier WI2-3  Washington : Southwest Cascades : Mount Rainier
The approach begins at Paradise (elv: 5400ish). Hike up the paved trail for about a mile to Glacier Vista. Locate a climbers trail to the left (west???) and descend to the Nisqually glacier. Cross the Nisqually. You should head for the base of an obvious gully. Scramble up the boulder filled gully. This spits you out onto the left side of the wilson glacier. Follow the rolling snow fields aiming for a snowfield shaped like a turtle. There is good camping at the base of this snowfield (elv. 9000i...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

Photos of Southwest Cascades Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Goat Rocks Wilderness.
Goat Rocks Wilderness.
Rock Climbing Photo: St Helens and Mt Adams.
St Helens and Mt Adams.
Rock Climbing Photo: Beacon Rock.
Beacon Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: boulders at fossil rock
BETA PHOTO: boulders at fossil rock
Rock Climbing Photo: The late Paul Andrews on the Emmons glacier, Mt Ra...
The late Paul Andrews on the Emmons glacier, Mt Ra...

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