While exploring the Bavarian village of Leavenworth is a must during your visit to the Northwest, our destination is also a haven for adventurous travelers. From challenging hiking trails to exhilarating white water rafting, guests will find a nearly neverending list of exciting ways to spend a day in the great outdoors. Leavenworth rock climbing has been exploding into popularity and is a great option for exercising your mind and body. Read on to discover the best places for Leavenworth rock climbing that you won’t want to skip.
Leavenworth rock climbing is just one of the many incredible activities to enjoy during your visit to our one-of-a-kind destination. Be sure to request your free copy of our Vacation Guide for a full list of our area’s top things to do including outdoor recreation, museums, entertainment, dining, and much more. It’s the only thing you’ll need to plan your dream escape to Leavenworth.
4 of the Best Places for Leavenworth Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a very popular pastime among visitors in the Cascades. Many of the cliffs and rocks are comprised of clean, solid granite. The terrain also offers a variety of climbing locations with varied difficulty. That way, you’ll be able to choose the one best suited to you! Here are just some of the state’s best climbs that you’ll definitely want to consider.
1. Castle Rock
Castle Rock is famous for having the first ever multi-pitch technical rock climb in Washington. It’s also the most popular Leavenworth crags climbing destination. It stands 400 feet high and towers over the Wenatchee River, providing fantastic views for climbers. There are several recommended routes that you can take as you climb, the most popular being Midway (5.6) and Brass Balls (5.10 B-A).
2. Midnight Rock
With plenty of finger cracks and wide cracks to use, Midnight Rock is a great choice for those just beginning to perfect their climbing skills. Please keep in mind, however, that the crag temporarily closed from April to August due to peregrine falcons.
3. Givler’s Dome
Offering some of the best Icicle Creek climbing in the region, Givler’s Dome is a prominent feature and popular route. The approach begins at Alphabet Rock, which is located on private property. Should you encounter the owners, please be respectful and be sure to tread lightly. Stay on the lookout for incredible views during your climb!
4. Peshastin Pinnacles State Park
If you’re a more experienced climber seeking a challenge, the drive to Peshastin Pinnacles may be worth it. The 34-acre state park boasts sandstone slabs that will make even talented climbers break a sweat. You’ll also want to bring your camera for this one! The jaw-dropping views of the orchards and Cascades range are postcard-worthy.
Guided Leavenworth Rock Climbing
If you’re a beginner climber or just searching for a more inclusive experience, you also have options. Leavenworth is home to some of the world’s most experienced climbers, and they’re here to guide you every step of the way!
1. Leavenworth Mountain Association
Through a variety of events, volunteer opportunities, and youth climbing clubs, Leavenworth Mountain Association (LMA) hopes to strengthen the community through climbing. This is a great way to give back to the Leavenworth community while learning an exhilarating new skill.
2. Northwest Mountain School
For the more daring and adventurous climbers, you may be interested in one of the Northwest Mountain School’s expeditions. The Northwest Mountain School’s instructors have worked for many of the most successful US-based and international mountain guide services in the world. Therefore, you can trust that you’ll be in good hands. Take a look at their climbs and expeditions to find which one suits your skills and desires.
Bouldering is another activity that is growing in popularity! The best part? Some of the best bouldering locations in the state can be found right here in Leavenworth! Just to get you started, here are some of our favorite bouldering locations.
- Icicle Creek: The area is littered with granite crags and massive boulders that attract climbers from all over the nation. Since the grain in these rocks is larger than Skykomish Valley boulders, they tend to be easier to conquer, making them ideal for climbers of all skill levels.
- Mad Meadows: Many of the routes here are true classics and provide challenges that will have even the most seasoned boulderers working up a sweat. Some of the most traveled routes here include Pimpsqueak and Pocket Rocket.
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