5 of the Best Places for Ice Climbing in Washington

Calling all adventurers! If you’re looking for an exciting and challenging activity this winter, look no further than ice climbing in Washington. Rated one of the Top 10 Ice Climbing Destinations in the nation, Leavenworth has plenty of options for you to scale the ice falls and embark on a new kind of adventure.

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Northwest Mountain School

Meet your Washington Ice Climbing guide! Based out of Leavenworth Washington, Northwest Mountain School is an IFMGA and UIAGM certified climbing guide service. Olivia and John Race, owners of NMS, are one of the few married couples in the US working together as certified guides. With over 40 years combined climbing experience, they offer high-quality trips in one of the world’s top climbing and skiing destinations. You can be sure you will be good hands as you trek into the Cascade mountain wilderness.

Ice Climbing in Washington Locations

While NMS offers climbing excursions all over the world, they offer the most choices in the North Cascades for nearly every skill level. Here are just some of the excursions that are available to you near Leavenworth:

Mt. Buckner Climb (Available March-October)

The climb to the north face of Mt. Buckner is a very sought after goal among Northwest climbers. While the trip is challenging and requires previous climbing experience, it is an experience unlike any other. You will climb above the magnificent Boston Glacier, learn more about professional ice climbing, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Mt. Fury Climb (Custom Dates)

Located in the Northwest Picket Range, Mount Fury is the epitome of alpine beauty. While it is one of the most challenging excursions, it is also one of the most scenic. Experienced climbers will love the trek that previous climbers have described as, “a magical experience for both guides and clients.”

Forbidden Peak Climb (Available June-September)

Forbidden Peak is one of the most popular locations for guided climbing in the Pacific Northwest. One of its three routes was also featured in the well-known book “Fifty Classic Climbs in North America.” Each route is rated as moderately difficult and requires a comfortable knowledge of using ice axes and crampons.

Mt. Shuksan Climb (Available June-September)

Mt. Shuksan is rated as one of the easiest ice climbs in Leavenworth and also offers several different routes to choose from. Mt. Shuksan, located in North Cascades National Park, may be one of the most photographed mountains in the world. It is a great place to start learning the ice climbing technique and also enjoy the region’s undeniable beauty.

Eldorado Peak Climb (Available June-September)

The Eldorado Climb caters to two experience levels. There is a route perfect for beginners and a trail that is better suited to more experienced climbers. Whichever way you decide to embark, climbers will enjoy a fun and engaging expedition to the peak filled with scenic views and endless excitement.

If you would like to register for a future climb, fill out the NMS Online Registration Form.

Relax and Rejuvenate With Us At Pine River Ranch

After your ice climbing in Washington adventure, we invite you to indulge in some well-deserved rest at our Leavenworth bed and breakfast. Featuring 6 spacious and romantic suites, a daily gourmet breakfast, and one-of-a-kind amenities, we’re the perfect destination for a peaceful mountain escape. Reserve your lodging with us today or download your free version of our Leavenworth Vacation Guide for more information.