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.

climbing areas & routes

  • Sam Hill
  • The Underhill
  • Whoopsie Pillar
  • Ski Tracks Crack
  • Fridge Boulder

information for leaders

Internal Climbing & Scrambling Lottery

  • The results  for the  2021 Internal Lottery for the Leavenworth Area are final. Please check this document before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling, or that there is no other course that already has priority in the internal lottery for your date(s).
  • 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.


  • 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 availability for climbers and hikers, please respect the signs.

  • 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

Everett Alpine Scrambling Rock Field Trip - Sam Hill (Leavenworth)

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
Everett Alpine Scrambling Rock Field Trip
Sat, Apr 8, 2023
No Prerequisites
4 participants 12 instructors
Registration closes Apr 6
Everett Branch

Rock Scrambling - Sam Hill (Leavenworth)

Scrambling Field trip: Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course
This is the Rock Field Trip Associated with Compressed Alpine Scramble Course
Sat, May 6, 2023
No Prerequisites
18 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Apr 14; Instructor registration open now
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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