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
Map
  • Green Trails Mt Tebo No. 199
  • Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Activity 4 - Review K&H + Belay and Rappel - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Review Knots and Hitches plus Belay and Rappel
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Mar 5, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
15 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 3
Kitsap Branch

Activity 4 - Review K&H + Belay and Rappel - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Review Knots and Hitches plus Belay and Rappel
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Mar 6, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
17 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Mar 4
Kitsap Branch

Activity 5 - Ascending Rope and Belay Escape - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Review B&R plus Ascending Rope and Belay Escape
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Mar 19, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
17 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 17
Kitsap Branch

Activity 5 - Ascending Rope and Belay Escape - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Review B&R plus Ascending Rope and Belay Escape
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Mar 20, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
15 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Mar 18
Kitsap Branch

Stewardship Credit - McCleary Cliffs

Stewardship Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Clean rock climbing routes
Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
15 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Mar 24
Kitsap Branch

Rock Climb - McCleary Cliffs

Youth Youth activity: Pathfinders - Olympia - 2022
A day to enjoy rock climbing with the Pathfinders!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 7, 2022
No Prerequisites
9 participants 4 chaperones
Registration closes May 5
Olympia Branch

Climb Trip - McCleary Cliffs

Youth Youth activity: Explorers - Olympia - 2022
A day to get out and climb together!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, May 15, 2022
No Prerequisites
7 participants 4 chaperones
Registration closes May 13
Olympia Branch

Activity 12 - Rock Climbing Technique - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
This activity will cover basic rock climbing.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 21, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
8 participants 4 instructors
Canceled
Kitsap Branch

Activity 12 - Rock Climbing Technique - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
This activity will cover basic rock climbing.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 21, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes May 19
Kitsap Branch

Activity 12 - Rock Climbing Technique - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
This activity will cover basic rock climbing.
Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
Sun, May 22, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes May 20
Kitsap Branch

Activity 13 - Basic Rock 1 - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Rock 1 Field Trip
Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Jun 2
Kitsap Branch

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 4, 2022
No Prerequisites
35 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes Jun 2
Olympia Branch

Activity 13 - Basic Rock 1 - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Rock 1 Field Trip
Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Jun 3
Kitsap Branch

Activity 14 - Basic Rock 2 - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Rock 2 - rappel, top rope, multi-pitch
Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
Sat, Jun 11, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Jun 9
Kitsap Branch

Activity 14 - Basic Rock 2 - McCleary Cliffs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Rock 2 - rappel, top rope, multi-pitch
Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Jun 10
Kitsap Branch
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  • Cushman Cliffs
  • Lake Cushman Crags
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