Washington’s Cascades provide everything from glaciated alpine treks to multi-pitch traditional crack climbing. In the past decade, amazing bouldering has emerged as well, especially in the vicinity of Stevens Pass, with Index and Goldbar to the west and Leavenworth to the east.
SLEEPING LADY (V2), ICICLE CANYON, LEAVENWORTH
Just outside the Bavarian-themed tourist town of Leavenworth runs Icicle Creek, whose headwaters are at pristine Josephine Lake, near the Cascades’ crest. The river’s cold waters surge through the narrow, boulder-filled Icicle Canyon, including under Sleeping Lady, a steep jug haul over raging rapids where sending is your best, if not only, option.
Nearby classics: Feel the Pinch (V4), Pimp Squeak (V7)
THE ENGINEER (V9), INDEX, WASHINGTON
With the unpleasant distinction of being on the wet side of Stevens Pass, Index receives 93 inches of rain per year. Due to all the precipitation, some of the US’ best granite is cloaked in foliage, but in the woods below the Town Walls you'll find The Engineer, a bold, steep slab with minimal features. Classic in appearance and committing, it exemplifies the new wave of Washington bouldering.
Nearby classics: The Architect (V11)