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The climbing area known as Darrington is a collection of granite domes in the Clear Creek and Squire Creek drainages on the west slope of the Washington Cascades. These mountain valleys have a remote feel and only a few of the routes get a lot of traffic, though the area has seen steady climbing activity for forty years. The climbs feature slabs, knobby face climbing, and some cracks though straight-in cracks are relatively rare. The scenery is fantastic, and many of the routes have an alpine feel although trees grow even on the summit of Exfoliation Dome and Squire Creek Wall, two of the higher and larger formations in the area. This is fantastic climbing: clean granite sweeps to the sky as you climb multiple pitch routes to the summit of these unique features. Just a few of the routes that comprise "Darrington" are featured here.
Most of the developed climbs lie in the Clear Creek drainage, southeast of the town of Darrington, Washington. From Darrington (an hour and a half northeast of Seattle on highway 530), head southeast on the Mountain Loop Highway, a paved road that branches off highway 530 where it makes a right angled turn in the middle of town (a mini-mart here has last minutes goodies).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Darrington:
Under the Bored Walk 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Till Broad Daylight, pitch 1 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Dreamer 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'
Unknown Left of Bored Walk 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 160'
The Quin Konehead Pre-Memorial Route (aka The Kone) 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 5 pitches
Silent Running 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 900'
Total Soul 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'
Urban Bypass 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 2 pitches, 150'
Dark Rythm 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 8 pitches, 900'
Roan Wall - Center Stage 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'
Ancient Melodies 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Trad, 7 pitches, 800'
Jacobs Ladder, 5.10b A-1 or 5.11b 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'
Roofer Madness 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 2 pitches, 50'
Featured Route For Darrington
Roan Wall - Center Stage 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c WA : Northwest Region : Darrington
Beginning at the toe of a small buttress below the obvious large orange/grey colored wall. The first two pitches are approach pitches, disconnected from the remainder of the climb. The route stays on very high-quality granite, with plentiful patina edges, some friction climb, and and cracks up high.Give yourself 3-3.5hrs for the approach. Alternatively, a fantastic camp can be made at the enormous 'bivy boulder' near the base of the route.P1) Beginning at the toe of a small buttress/prow, follow...[more] Browse More Classics in WA
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