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
  • 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. 

Internal Climbing & Scrambling Lottery

  • 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.
    • Mountaineers user days in the Icicle and at Castle Rock for 2022 are finalized with the USFS and noted on the Leavenworth tab of the 2022 Mountaineers Internal Lottery results.
  • The 2023 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 2023, 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.
    • Please note that our user days in the Icicle and at Castle Rock for 2023 are not finalized until after the USFS Rock Lottery in March 2023! We will update the results once our use is finalized with the USFS.

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

Traditional Climbing Educator Assessment - Leavenworth

Climbing Clinic
Assessment for MEA LEAD program applicants in single pitch trad climbing
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Sep 17, 2022 - Sun, Sep 18, 2022
No Prerequisites
4 participants 5 leaders
Registration closes Sep 15
The Mountaineers Branch

Seattle MAC - Kick-Off Trip - Leavenworth

Youth Youth activity
The Leavenworth Kick-Off trip is MAC's first trip of the year where prospective new members
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Fri, Sep 23, 2022 - Sun, Sep 25, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
36 participants 11 leaders
Registration opens Sep 9
Seattle Branch
Carl Marrs
Qualified Youth Leader

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Kick-Off Trip - Leavenworth

Youth Youth activity
The Leavenworth Kick-Off trip is the first trip of the year for Explorers & Jr.
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Fri, Sep 30, 2022 - Sun, Oct 2, 2022
No Prerequisites
42 participants
Registration opens Sep 16
Seattle Branch
Tom Knee
Qualified Youth Leader

Field Trip - Rock 2 - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Rock Climbing overnight session. Get experience on real rock. This will be a 1 day
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Apr 29, 2023 - Sun, Apr 30, 2023
No Prerequisites
12 participants 9 instructors
Registration opens Nov 1; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch

Seattle Junior MAC Camping & Climbing Trip - Leavenworth

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join us for a weekend of climbing and hiking!
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Fri, May 19, 2023 - Sun, May 21, 2023
Prerequisites
31 participants
Registration closes May 17
Seattle Branch
Tom Knee
Qualified Youth Leader
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