The history of American climbing and mountaineering is full of notable accents from Washington state locals. And there is good reason why: The state, including the Seattle area, has a lot of mountains and rocks to play on.
One of the most popular all-around climbing destinations is the boulders and crags just outside Leavenworth, a quirky Bavarian-themed tourist town. Leavenworth’s Icicle and Tumwater Canyons have both adventurous multi-pitch traditional climbs and some fun sport climbs. In recent years, however, the most exciting developments in the area have been in the boulder fields. Leavenworth is gaining recognition as an up-and-coming hotspot for boulderers.
For climbers who prefer to plug gear, it is hard to beat Index. Only a 45-minute drive from Seattle, this crag is famous for its impeccable granite, stiff grades, and the delicate nature of its routes. Index has both single pitch and multi-pitch climbs. While it is predominately considered a place for trad climbing, there is a good selection of bolted routes, too.