Exit 38

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


Take the I-90 to Exit 38. If heading eastbound on I-90, take a right off the exit. If heading westbound off the exit, follow the road back under I-90 if not going to the Far Side climbing area just off the exit. Parking is at Ollalie State Park and Iron Horse State Park.


  • 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.

Upcoming Activities

Pierce County Juvenile Court - Climbing - Exit 38

Youth Youth activity: Mountain Workshop - Pierce County Juvenile Court
Climbing session for youth
Fri, Aug 24, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants 7 instructors
Registration closes Aug 22
Tacoma Branch

Sport Climbing Course FT2 - Exit 38

Climbing Field trip: Sport Climbing Course
Use the skills you learned in fundamentals to get your first lead(s) on real rock.
Sat, Sep 8, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Sep 6
Everett Branch

Outdoor Field Trip - Exit 38

Climbing Field trip: Sport Climbing
Practicing sport climbing outside!
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
No Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Sep 13
Tacoma Branch

Tacoma Explorers Rock Climb - Exit 38

Youth Field trip: Tacoma Explorers
Explorers Rock Climbing Trip
Sat, May 11, 2019
11 participants
Registration closes May 9
Tacoma Branch
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