Rock Field Trip Make-up - Sam Hill (Leavenworth)

Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course

Rock Field Trip Make-up - Sam Hill (Leavenworth)

Rock Field Trip Make-up

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 1.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 750 ft

Parking area on Icicle Road, 3.4 miles south of its junction with US-2 in Leavenworth, WA. Angle park on the south (left) side of the road. Be geared up and ready to go by 9:00 am. Estimated driving time from Seattle: 2:30 via US-2 .
Jct US-2 and Icicle Rd  47.588515, -120.675230
Sam Hill Parking            47.547295, -120.694871

This is a make-up Alpine Scrambling Rock Field Trip. Sign up is for Seattle Branch scramble students, and is by leader permission only. 

The Sam Hill Area, located SW of Leavenworth at the mouth of Icicle Canyon and administered by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT), is an ideal location in which to practice basic rock scrambling skills. There are views of Snow Creek Wall and the Sleeping Lady, and the terrain is open and varied. Due to its short distance and elevation gain, and the lack of a real summit, this trip does NOT count as a Rock Scramble.

Key Topics

  • Safety
  • Teamwork
  • Bouldering
  • Slab and Friction
  • Arm rappel
  • Protected downclimb
  • Route Finding
  • Minimum Impact

Climbing Techniques we'll be demonstrating/using:

  • Climb with eyes
  • Three points of contact
  • Use legs
  • Holds - fingers, pinch, jam
  • Counterforce
  • Slab technique (friction)
  • Mantle
  • Layback
  • Undercling
  • Smear
  • Stem
  • Downclimb - move hands before feet; face-in, sideways, face-out

Station Exercises

  • Arm-wrap Rappel
  • Protected Downclimb


  • Rings and jewelry should be left in your car; ice axe is optional
  • Rockfall can be a hazard. Bring a Climbing Helmet – required!
  • Check weather and road reports before leaving.
  • Bring clothing appropriate for expected conditions
  • Possibility of ticks and… rattlesnakes!

Freedom of the Hills, 8th ed. pp 214 – 238, minus roofs and overhangs


Sam Hill (Leavenworth)

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Alpine Lakes Wilderness (ALPS)

    Green Trails Leavenworth No. 178

    USGS Leavenworth
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Ten Essentials, including map (attached) compass, and 2 liters of water, minimum
  • Helmet 
  • Boots
  • Leather Gloves (for arm rappel)
  • Long-sleeved shirt (for  arm rappel, sun, and tick protection)
  • 12' of 1" nylon webbing (Pre-tied and fitted diaper harness or climbing harness)
  • 1 locking carabiner
  • 8' of 6 mm accessory cord (pre-tied Klemheist loop)
  • Ice ax is optional (but can be very effective on steep dirt, grass, and heather, as we'll show you)
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