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/Far Side Crags

Climbing Trip
Take advantage of the longer days with some afterwork cragging
Fri, Mar 15, 2024
Prerequisites
5 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Mar 13
Foothills Branch
Barret Hudson
Qualified Youth Leader

Top Rope Rock Climb - Exit 38/Far Side Crags

Climbing Trip
Take advantage of the longer days with some afterwork cragging
Fri, Mar 29, 2024
Prerequisites
6 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Mar 27
Foothills Branch
Barret Hudson
Qualified Youth Leader

Climbing Session - Exit 38

Youth Youth activity: Mountain Workshop - SAMI
Climbing workshop
Sat, Apr 13, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Apr 11
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley

Junior Mac Rock Climbing - Exit 38

Youth & Snowshoeing Youth activity: Junior MAC - Olympia
Weekend trips for Jr MAC youth and their families to get out, practice their snowshoeing
Sun, Apr 14, 2024
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 10 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 12
Olympia Branch
Claire Edwards
Qualified Youth Leader

Seattle Junior MAC Climbing - Exit 38

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join us for a day of climbing at a local crag!
Sat, May 11, 2024
Prerequisites
5 participants on waitlist 1 chaperone on waitlist
Registration closes May 9
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader

Ford Middle School - Climbing - Exit 38

Youth Field trip: Mountain Workshop - Ford Middle School
Climbing workshop for Ford Middle School Adventure Club
Sat, May 18, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes May 16
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley

SEA Youth Clubs Parents | Climbing Trip - Exit 38

Climbing Youth activity: Youth Clubs Parent Skills Series
This is a parent-only day of cragging for youth club parents. This trip has prerequisites.
Sun, May 19, 2024
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 3 instructors
Registration closes May 17
Seattle Branch
Zach Jaffe
Qualified Youth Leader

Tacoma Explorers Activity - Exit 38

Youth Youth activity: Tacoma Explorers
Outdoor activity for Tacoma Explorers program
Sun, May 19, 2024
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes May 16
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley

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, May 19, 2024
No Prerequisites
3 participants on waitlist
Registration closes May 17
Tacoma Branch
Megan Hartness
Qualified Youth Leader

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Climbing - Exit 38

Youth Youth activity
Thu, Jun 27, 2024
Prerequisites
9 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 25
Seattle Branch
Trenton Bick
Qualified Youth Leader

Leading on Bolts Field Trip - Exit 38/Far Side Crags

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes
The culminating outdoor field trip for the course.
Sat, Jun 29, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Apr 1; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Rory Hollins
Qualified Youth Leader

Leading on Bolts Field Trip - Exit 38/Far Side Crags

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes
The culminating outdoor field trip for the course.
Sun, Jun 30, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 1 instructor on waitlist
Registration opens Apr 1; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Rory Hollins
Qualified Youth Leader

Junior Mac Rock Climbing - Exit 38

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC - Olympia
Summer rock climbing trip for Junior Mac at Exit 38. We will reserve a camp
Wed, Jul 17, 2024 - Fri, Jul 19, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration closes Jul 15
Olympia Branch
Claire Edwards
Qualified Youth Leader

Summer Camp Overnight - Exit 38

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Teen Adventures: Rock Climbing
Overnight camping trip for Summer Campers
Wed, Jul 17, 2024
No Prerequisites
2 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Jul 15
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader

Summer Camp Overnight - Exit 38/Far Side Crags

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Teen Adventures: Rock Climbing
Overnight camping trip for Summer Campers
Thu, Jul 18, 2024
No Prerequisites
2 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Jul 16
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader

Leading on Bolts Field Trip - Exit 38/Far Side Crags

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes
The culminating outdoor field trip for the course.
Sat, Aug 31, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 3 instructors on waitlist
Registration opens Jun 3; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Rory Hollins
Qualified Youth Leader

Leading on Bolts Field Trip - Exit 38/Far Side Crags

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes
The culminating outdoor field trip for the course.
Sun, Sep 1, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 1 instructor on waitlist
Registration opens Jun 3; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Rory Hollins
Qualified Youth Leader

Dry Tooling - Crag Sessions - Exit 38/Drytool Crag

Climbing Field trip: Mixed Climbing
Dry tooling on real rock!
Sat, Nov 16, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 5 instructors
Registration closes Nov 14
Foothills Branch
Peter Tran
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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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