McCleary Cliffs

Named for Mountaineer Mac McCleary, this is a crag area on the north side of Lake Cushman on the Olympic Penninsula. It is home to a number of 5.6-5.12 bolted sport routes, but few trad routes. This is a growing area with new routes put up every year. It's great for a day of rock climbing with friends or learning how to rock climb.

Getting there

From US 101 turn west onto SR 119 (aka N Lake Cushman Rd) and drive 9.3 miles to a"T" intersection. Turn left onto Forest Road 24 and continue ~4 miles to parking on the left (south) side of the road (800 ft).

Information for Leaders

Scheduling & Permits

While this area does not currently have any permit requirements or restrictions, it is up to us to make sure we are being good land stewards and setting the standard for others to follow. Please keep group sizes to 15 total people and the number of Mountaineers groups to 3 per day.  

Contact your climbing committee chair, if you have questions or need more information.

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Rock Climb
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
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Upcoming Activities

Rock Scrambling Field Trip - McCleary Cliffs

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
Rock Scrambling Field Trip to practice and evaluate student techniques on rock, scree and boulder
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Jun 8, 2019
No Prerequisites
20 participants 7 instructors
Registration closed Feb 5
Olympia Branch

SRC 1 Field Trip 2 - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Self Rescue Course 1
The Olympia Branch Self Rescue Course (SRC 1) is a module of Olympia Intermediate Climbing
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - Sun, Aug 11, 2019
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 8
Olympia Branch

Self Rescue Course 2 Field Trip - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Self Rescue Course 2
The Self Rescue Course (SRC 2) is the second module of Olympia Branch Self Rescue
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Oct 19, 2019 - Sun, Oct 20, 2019
12 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Oct 17
Olympia Branch
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  • Cushman Cliffs
  • Lake Cushman Crags

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