Sam Hill (Leavenworth)

The Sam Hill area consists of 40 acres located outside of Leavenworth containing 12 well-known climbing crags perfect for scramble and climbing practice and home to diverse flora and fauna.

information for leaders

scheduling & permits

This area is managed by Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and The Mountaineers is under permit for all climbing and scrambling courses at Sam Hill. This process is managed by staff, and permit applications must be submitted to Chelan-Douglas Land Trust at least 2 weeks ahead of the proposed activity. Please notify staff at if you are planning to schedule a course-related field trip to this area so that she can complete the permit application process.

Please use the Leavenworth route/place if you plan to conduct your activity in other areas of Icicle Canyon.


Updated 4/18/17: In the last couple weeks, No Parking signs have appeared at the parking area for the Fridge boulder and Sam Hill climbing area. We are working with the property owner of that pullout, the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, to resolve the issue. The Hatchery uses the pullout daily when accessing the nearby dam. As we come to a solution very soon that ensures parking availabilty for climbers and hikers, please respect the signage

climbing areas & routes

  • Sam Hill
  • The Underhill
  • Whoopsie Pillar
  • Ski Tracks Crack
  • Fridge Boulder
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing, Scrambling
  • Climbing Category: Rock Climb
  • Seasons: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness (ALPS)
  • Green Trails Leavenworth No. 178
  • USGS Leavenworth

Upcoming Activities

Rock Scrambling - Sam Hill (Leavenworth)

Scrambling Field trip: Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course
Rock Skills
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
No Prerequisites
5 participants 2 instructors
Registration closed Feb 11
Seattle Branch

Rock Scrambling - Sam Hill (Leavenworth)

Scrambling Field trip: Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course
Seattle Alpine Scramble Rock Field Trip for POD O with Jeff Patterson
Sat, May 1, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closed Feb 11
Seattle Branch
Trip Reports
Sam Hill Area Topo Map & Waypoints

A topo map of the Sam Hill climbing area in Leavenworth. The map shows parking and approximate area boundaries. It includes a list of waypoint values in NAD83 and decimal lat/lon that are plotted on the map.

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