Exit 38

Exit 38 cragging areas offer a variety of climbing options. Climbing areas include Deception Crags and The Far Side.

GETTING THERE

Exit 38/Deception Crags

Take Exit 38 off of I-90 east from Seattle and follow signs for Olallie State Park, a right turn from eastbound I-90 and a left turn from westbound I-90. Drive ~0.5 mile to the gravel parking area on the left (1,220 ft).

Exit 38/Mount Washington Crags

Take Exit 38 off of eastbound I-90, turn right, cross the river, turn right again, and park at the Twin Falls/Olallie State Park parking lot and trailhead (1,220 ft). There are bathrooms at trailhead.

Exit 38/far side crags

Eastbound from Seattle: Take Exit 38 off of I-90, head south and cross the Snoqualmie River. Drive east on SE Homestead Valley Rd  as it parallels I-90. Park in the paved lot just after SE Homestead Rd passes under I-90 (1,300 ft).
Westbound from Cle Elum: Take Exit 38 off of I-90, head north, turn right onto SE Homestead Valley Rd, drive a short distance, and park in the paved lot (1,300 ft).

Climbing Areas

Exit 38/Deception Crags

  • Baby Squish Rock
  • Deception Wall
  • Hall Creek Rock
  • Negative Cave
  • Nevermind Wall
  • Shakespeare Wall
  • Substation
  • We Did Rock
  • Write-off Rock

Exit 38/Mount Washington Crags

  • Alpina
  • Amazonia
  • Chainsaw Wall
  • Lost Resort
  • Peannacle Point
  • Semi-Wall
  • Slumbersome Ridge
  • The Actual Cave & Club Paradiso
  • Valley View East
  • Valley View West
  • Windfall Wall

Exit 38/Far Side Crags

  • Neverland
  • Overhaul
  • The Grit Srone
  • Truck Town
  • Gun Show
  • The Cirque
  • Headlight Point & Eastern Block
  • Off-Ramp
  • Mirror Wall
  • Squishy Bell
  • Shangri-La
  • Meta Wall
  • Sun Vista Slab
  • Winter Block

Exit 38/Far Side Drytooling Crags

There is top rope access via fixed lines. All routes are set up to be top roped if you don't wish to lead. Rock shoes and tools are super fun. Mountain boots with monopoint crampons are advised, and sometimes add or reduce difficulty over shoes. Dual point/mountaineering crampons can be used at Excellent Adventure Wall since the holds are so big, but the other walls it is actually a hindrance and should be avoided.

  • Dark Side
  • Erikland
  • Excellent Adventure Wall
  • Wayne's World

Notes

  • Guidebook: Snoqualmie Rock by Kurt Hicks (Obvious Gully Press 2018).

Information for Leaders

Scheduling & permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. If so, please coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and teaching at different areas.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter.
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Rock Climb
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
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Activities

Upcoming Activities

Top Rope Rock Climb - Exit 38/Drytool Crag

Climbing Trip
Drytooling at Waynes World and/or Dark Side
Sun, Dec 18, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 1 leader
Registration closes Dec 16
Foothills Branch

Winter/Mixed Climbing Field Trip with Bivy - Exit 38

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Winter/Mixed Climbing
Practice climbing moderate drytooling
Sun, Feb 5, 2023
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
8 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Feb 5; Instructor registration open now
Everett Branch

Adventure Activity - Exit 38/Far Side Crags

Youth Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Minis will get a chance to try some outdoor climbing at a small crag called
Sun, Jun 4, 2023
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist
Registration closes Jun 2
Tacoma Branch
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  • Exit 38/Deception Crags
  • Exit 38/Mount Washington Crags
  • Exit 38/Far Side Crags
  • Exit 38/Drytool Crag
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