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
  • Givler's Dome/Givler's Crack
  • Midnight Rock
  • Mountaineers Dome
  • Playground Point
  • R&D
  • Roto Wall**
  • Tree Route
  • Trundle Dome

*Crag located on private property 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

Leading on Rock 1 Field Trip - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Crag Climbing
Learning to set Pro and start Leading
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Sep 4, 2021 - Sun, Sep 5, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 5 instructors
Registration opens Aug 12; Instructor registration open now
Bellingham Branch

Seattle MAC - Kick Off Weekend - Leavenworth

Climbing Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
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
Sat, Sep 18, 2021 - Sun, Sep 19, 2021
Prerequisites
32 participants 3 instructors 6 chaperones
Registration opens Sep 3; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Introduction to Leading on Bolted Routes Field Trip - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes - Olympia Course
The culminating outdoor field trip for the course.
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Sep 25, 2021 - Sun, Sep 26, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Sep 7
Olympia Branch

Traditional Climbing Course - Field Trip #4 - Crag day with leaders (graduates only) - Leavenworth

Climbing Field trip: Traditional Climbing Course
This is for those students who met all the requirements and graduated
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Sat, Sep 25, 2021 - Sun, Sep 26, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Sep 23
Olympia Branch

Top Rope Rock Climb - Leavenworth

Climbing Trip
Foothills Climbapalooza!
Difficulty: *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
Fri, Oct 1, 2021 - Sun, Oct 3, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
34 participants
Registration closes Sep 29
Foothills Branch

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 5 instructors
Registration opens Sep 1; Instructor registration open now
Foothills 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
29 participants 14 chaperones
Registration opens Oct 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
29 participants 14 chaperones
Registration opens Oct 1
Seattle 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
12 participants 16 instructors
Registration opens Nov 1; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
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