BC Field Trip #6: Rock Weekend - McCleary Cliffs

Field trip: Basic AlpineClimbing Course

BC Field Trip #6: Rock Weekend - McCleary Cliffs

Rock Weekend- Olympia/McCleary Cliffs

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  • Sat, May 21, 2016 — Sun, May 22, 2016
  • Olympia Basic Alpine Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Rock Climb
  • Adults
  • Crag Rock Climb
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)


This is a roadside climbing area above Lake Cushman, just outside Staircase entrance to Olympic National Park. The area has been used for years by the Olympic Mountaineers Branch for their final Rock field trip for both Alpine Scrambling and Basic Climbing students. The area is named for "Mac" McCleary, an Olympia Mountaineer and local photographer who spent much time helping to develop the area. The "Cliffs" contain at least 14 named features, with multiple climbs-many bolted-in a wide range of difficulties. It is on Forest Service land, and permits are not needed. Local Campgrounds at Big Creek(NFS) and Staircase(NPS) offer overnight camping opportunities.


McCleary Cliffs

  • Green Trails Mt Tebo No. 199

    Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Refer to Olympia Basic Climbing manual.

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