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Chuckanut Ridge Trail Descent
Fun and formidable ridge trail descent followed by a tangled root chaser. Near Bellingham, Washington
Evolution, Unemployment Line, and Atomic Dog Descent
A feature packed single and doubletrack blend of awesome riding. Near Bellingham, Washington
Golden Spike, SST, and Back Door Descent
Energetic singletrack full of doubles and fun. One of Galbraith's finest. Near Bellingham, Washington
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Northwest Region  


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Description 

This region includes the North Cascades, the Skagit River Valley, and the north coastal region around Bellingham and the San Juan Islands.

Getting There 

I5 going N-S, and numerous E-W roads including the Mt Baker HW, HW20, and the Mountain-Loop HW.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.1 miles from here

397 Total Routes

['4 Stars',51],['3 Stars',165],['2 Stars',113],['1 Star',55],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',43],['5.7',26],['5.8',43],['5.9',51],['5.10',78],['5.11',49],['5.12',28],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',7],['V2-3',27],['V4-5',7],['V6-7',7],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Northwest Region:
Mount Baker, North Ridge   WI2-3 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 3000'   North Cascades : Mt. Baker
Beckey Route (SW Face)   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   Washington Pass : Liberty Bell
West Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 1500'   Boston Basin : Forbidden Peak
SW Rib   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'   Washington Pass : South Early Winters Spire
East Ridge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   Southern Pickets : Inspiration Peak
Dreamer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   Darrington : Green Giant Buttress
Northwest Corner (a.k.a. Boving-Pollack Route)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Washington Pass : North Early Winter Spire
East Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 800'   Washington Pass : Lexington Tower
Total Soul   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   Darrington : Three O'clock Rock
Silent Running   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 7 pitches, 900'   Darrington : Three O'clock Rock
Clean Break   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 1500'   Silver Star and connected s... : Juno Tower
Excalibur   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   Squire Creek Walls : Illusion Wall
Roan Wall - Center Stage   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   Squire Creek Walls : Waterfall Basin
Ancient Melodies   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 10 pitches, 1100'   Darrington : Exfoliation Dome & Proxima ...
The Hitchhiker   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 900'   Washington Pass : South Early Winters Spire
The West Face   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Washington Pass : North Early Winter Spire
Liberty Crack   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c C2     Trad, Aid, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1200'   Washington Pass : Liberty Bell
Smoke On the Water   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Bellingham Area : Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
The Passenger   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 900'   Washington Pass : South Early Winters Spire
Freedom or Death   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Washington Pass : Liberty Bell
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Featured Route For Northwest Region
On the crux free-hanging dagger

Polish Route WI6 Steep Snow  WA : Northwest Region : ... : Colfax Peak
Cross the bergschrund, which can be tenuous and involving a mixed traverse in from the right, to access the first pitch of ice.Climb a long pitch of WI4+ to a snow slope and up to the crux pitch. The crux has steep ice for 30 feet or so, eases off, and then gets beneath a free-hanging dagger at WI6. Find a way onto the dagger and ascend to the top of the flow, easing to slightly off-vertical.Climb a couple more steep ice steps and gain the upper snowfield, cutting between rock buttresses and t...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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