Leavenworth

A rock climber's playground and training facility! Enjoy crag climbing along Icicle Creek and in Tumwater Canyon, both just outside of Leavenworth on Highway 2.

** 4/22/18 - PLEASE DO NOT USE ROTO WALL OR BRUCE'S BOULDER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE **

Both Bruce's Boulder and Roto Wall are located on private property, and the property owner has requested that organized groups do not use the property. Since we do not have permission from the property owner to use these areas for our courses or activities, we must not use it for anything Mountaineers-related.

**6/1/2021 - Mountaineers Dome Parking**

Mountaineers Dome is located on Forest Service property, and climbing access is legal. However, there is a conflict about the parking area. In fall 2019, a nearby landowner began posting "No Parking" signs and placing pamphlets on parked vehicles stating that vehicles would be towed. The Mountaineers and our partners at Leavenworth Mountain Association (LMA), Washington Climbers Coalition, and Access Fund have looked into the situation, and according to Chelan County, the parking area for Mountaineers Dome is on a county right of way and is a legal parking area. The landowner has legitimate complaints, such as members of the public trespassing through their private property down to the river and leaving litter. The Mountaineers and LMA encourage climbers to be respectful and avoid confrontation with all landowners in the Icicle, including this one. If you experience any confrontation or threats from the landowner, please call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 509-667-6851.

Information for leaders

scheduling & permits

All our fee-based course field trips and seminars on U.S. Forest Service Land must be scheduled through the lottery process for User Days as allocated as part of our use permit. Review our past User Day Allocations

Leaders should be prepared to show our permit to any rangers who ask. Leaders should also read and become familiar with the district's Outfitter's Pocket Guide

Internal Climbing & Scrambling Lottery

  • Here is a direct link to the results of the 2021 Internal Lottery for the Leavenworth Area. The course-related trips listed in this document have priority for 2021 scheduling. User days associated with trips in USFS-managed areas (Icicle, Castle Rock) have been finalized for the 2021 season.
  • The 2022 Mountaineers Internal Lottery results are now final. Please select the Leavenworth tab to view the results for this location. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2022, please check this spreadsheet before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling and that there is no other course that already has priority.
    • For Leavenworth, please note that our user days in the Icicle and at Castle Rock are not finalized until they are approved by the USFS. Staff will submit all internal lottery results within the USFS permit areas (Icicle and Castle Rock) to the USFS when the annual Outfitter-Guide Rock Lottery happens in March 2022. We plan to hear back from the USFS in late March 2022 with our final allocations for the 2022 climbing season. We will post the final user day allocations at that time.

Mountaineers activities on U.S. Forest Service land near Leavenworth must meet the Forest Service group size standards. Rock climbing groups in the Icicle Canyon or Castle Rock should not exceed 15 (students and instructors) at any one crag. Please limit total group size on private land to 15 as well. 

Leaders, please identify the climbing area you plan to use for your trip in the summary section of your activity to ensure we don't have more than one group at the same area. 

Please use the Sam Hill (Leavenworth route/place if you plan to conduct your activity there. 

Climbing Areas & Routes

  • Alphabet Rock*
  • Barney's Rubble
  • Bruce's Boulder**
  • Castle Rock
  • Clamshell Cave
  • Clems Holler*
  • Drip Wall*
  • February Buttress*
  • Givler's Dome/Givler's Crack
  • Little Italy (Bambino)
  • Midnight Rock
  • Mountaineers Dome
  • Parasol*
  • Pearly Gates
  • Playground Point
  • Puzzle Palace*
  • Rattlesnake Rock*
  • R&D
  • Roto Wall**
  • Tree Route
  • Trundle Dome

*Crag located outside of permit area which means no permit needed but Mountaineers party size norms still apply.

**4/22/18 - PLEASE DO NOT USE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Both Bruce's Boulder and Roto Wall are located on private property, and the property owner has requested that organized groups do not use the property. Since we do not have permission from the property owner to use these areas for our courses or activities, we must not use it for anything Mountaineers-related.

Notes

  • Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Map
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness (ALPS)
  • Trails Illustrated Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Activities

Upcoming Activities

FT 4 - Overnight Mixed Climbing - Leavenworth

Climbing Lecture: Mixed Climbing
Wrap up the course with an overnight mixed climbing trip (with optional emergency bivy)
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Jan 22, 2022 - Sun, Jan 23, 2022
No Prerequisites
6 participants 6 instructors
Registration closes Jan 21
Foothills Branch

Winter/Mixed Climbing Field Trip with Bivy - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Winter/Mixed Climbing
Practice climbing moderate ice, drytooling, and participate in a simulated unplanned bivy
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Jan 29, 2022 - Sun, Jan 30, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
8 participants 3 instructors
Registration closed Jan 31
Everett Branch

Single Pitch Leading 2 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Leading on Trad
Leading single pitch routes on the sharp end of the rope
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Mar 26, 2022 - Sun, Mar 27, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Mar 24
Foothills Branch

Leading on Rock 1, Everett Intermediate Climbing Course - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Leading On Rock
At LOR1 the students will learn the fundamentals of trad leading.
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Apr 9, 2022 - Sun, Apr 10, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
10 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Feb 16; Instructor registration open now
Everett Branch

Seattle Pathfinders Camping & Climbing Trip - Leavenworth

Youth Youth activity: Pathfinders
Join us for a weekend of car camping and climbing in Leavenworth!
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Mon, Apr 11, 2022 - Tue, Apr 12, 2022
Prerequisites
20 participants 9 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 1
Seattle Branch

Seattle Nomads Camping & Climbing Trip - Leavenworth

Youth Youth activity: Nomads
Join us for a weekend of car camping in Leavenworth!
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Thu, Apr 14, 2022 - Fri, Apr 15, 2022
Prerequisites
12 participants 7 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 1
Seattle Branch

Mock Multi Pitch - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad
Practice setting up anchor spots and mock leading, cleaning and efficiently passing gear and rope
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Apr 16, 2022 - Sun, Apr 17, 2022
No Prerequisites
8 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 14
Seattle Branch

Tacoma Intermediate Rock - FT 1 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Rock Module
This two-day field trip includes trad placements and anchor building, and mock leads on single-pitch
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Apr 16, 2022 - Sun, Apr 17, 2022
Prerequisites
10 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 14
Tacoma Branch

Basic Climbing - Rock 2 Field Trip - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Climbing Course Rock 2 Field Trip
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Apr 23, 2022 - Sun, Apr 24, 2022
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Apr 21
Everett Branch

Field Trip - Rock 2 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Rock Climbing overnight session. Get experience on real rock
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Apr 30, 2022 - Sun, May 1, 2022
No Prerequisites
8 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Apr 28
Foothills Branch

Tacoma Intermediate Rock - FT 2 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Rock Module
Multi-pitch climbing, swinging leads, hanging belays
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Apr 30, 2022 - Sun, May 1, 2022
Prerequisites
10 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 28
Tacoma Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad
Put your skills to the test outside! Confirmed internal lottery permits for Icicle.
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, May 7, 2022
No Prerequisites
4 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes May 5
Seattle Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad
Put your skills to the test outside! Confirmed internal lottery permits for Icicle.
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sun, May 8, 2022
No Prerequisites
4 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes May 5
Seattle Branch

Intermediate Rock Climbing Field Trip - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Leading on Rock
A field trip to Castle Rock - Sabre route - in Leavenworth for a lead
Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 4
Sat, May 14, 2022 - Sun, May 15, 2022
Prerequisites
6 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes May 12
Kitsap Branch

Multipitch 1 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Leading on Trad
First weekend practice leading multipitch routes
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, May 14, 2022 - Sun, May 15, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes May 12
Foothills Branch

Intermediate Rock Field Trip 1 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Olympia Intermediate - Rock I - Leavenworth
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, May 21, 2022 - Sun, May 22, 2022
Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes May 19
Olympia Branch

Mock Multi Pitch - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad
Practice setting up anchor spots and mock leading, cleaning and efficiently passing gear and rope
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, May 21, 2022 - Sun, May 22, 2022
No Prerequisites
8 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Apr 14
Seattle Branch

Multipitch 2 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Leading on Trad
Second weekend of leading multipitch routes
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, May 21, 2022 - Sun, May 22, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes May 19
Foothills Branch

Intermediate Rock Field Trip 2 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Olympia Intermediate Rock II Field Trip - Leavenworth
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Jun 4, 2022 - Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Jun 2
Olympia Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad
Put your skills to the test outside! Confirmed internal lottery permits for Icicle.
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
No Prerequisites
4 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes May 5
Seattle Branch
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