Tacoma Explorers Climbing - Exit 38

Field trip: Tacoma Explorers

Tacoma Explorers Climbing - Exit 38

Tacoma Explorers Climbing A fun day of sport climbing in the Snoqualmie Pass at the Far Side of Exit 38. We'll be climbing at the Gritscone crag which is a great spot with an array of routes ranging from easy to medium hard.

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  • Sun, Sep 29, 2019
  • Tacoma Youth Programs
  • Climbing
  • Rock Climb
  • Youth, Families, Adults
  • Crag Rock Climb
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 1.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 315 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,640 ft
  • Pace: Easy
  • 2 (13 capacity)
  • 1 (2 capacity)
  • 1 (10 capacity)
  • Cancellation & Refund Policy


Far Side Climbing Area Trailhead



From Tacoma:

Take I-5 north to exit 142 Auburn/WA-18 East. Follow WA-18 E to the on-ramp to I-90 E North Bend/Spokane. Take I-90 E to exit 38; at stop sign, turn right and stay on SE Homestead Valley road. SE Homestead Valley Rd. will pass under I-90 and dead end at a small parking lot. Look for signs for Dirty Harry’s Balcony and climbing areas. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead. 

Approximate travel time from Tacoma to Exit 38 is one hour. 

8:30 AM  at Trailhead

Discovery pass is required to park at site. Please notify leader if you need a day pass.

A fun, laid back day to take your indoor skills outside, or experience climbing for the first time! Gritscone is a wonderful, shaded area with something for everyone and ample space to explore and climb. 

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Program participants are responsible for bringing the following items: snacks/lunch, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a first aid kit, a jacket, backpack and shoes/boots with good tread. 

Leader will pass out gear at the trailhead; please ensure that you have a backpack large enough to carry all of your gear as well as any that's borrowed. You're more than welcome to bring your own, helmet, harness, belay device, and shoes. 

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