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Pearly Gates 

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Submitted By: jonah on Jan 25, 2006
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BETA PHOTO: Close up of Pearly Gates from road.


A solid 40 minute hike uphill from the Snow Creek lot ends at the Pearly Gates, a crag with a couple dozen crack and slab routes from one to two pitches. The rock is an amazingly sticky fine-grained granite, unlike most other granite in the Icicle. The routes range from 5.8 to 5.12, and are generally super fun. Some routes are north facing, so this can be a good option when the rest of the canyon is too hot.

Getting There 

Park at the Snow Creek lot (FS pass required), cross the bridge and take a climbers trail to the right after the aquaduct.

18 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pearly Gates:
Cell Phone Posse   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
The Scene is Clean   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
No Room For Squares   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Loaves of Fun   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 100'   
Cloud Nine   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
Celestial Groove   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Milky Way   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   
Veins of Glory   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Pearly Gates   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Leap of Faith   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Pearly Gates
Celestial Groove. Heading up the great corner crack after the bulgy section. (photo thanks to Matt Farmer)

Celestial Groove 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a  WA : Central-East Cascades & Wen... : ... : Pearly Gates
Located on the left side of the Pearly Gates area, Celestial Groove heads up the crack/corner to the right of Poison Balance (5.11d, some bolts). It starts by pulling through a bulgy section and then follows a small corner with an excellent crack. The bulgy start is definitely the crux and the rest of the route is great cruiser jamming, overall a lot of fun....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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Kip on Pitch two of an unknow bolted route at the Pearly Gates
Kip on Pitch two of an unknow bolted route at the ...
The not-so-elusive mountain goat, Pearly Gates
The not-so-elusive mountain goat, Pearly Gates
Goat meets man, Pearly Gates.
Goat meets man, Pearly Gates.
This is Kip following a bolted 5.10d in Leavenworth
This is Kip following a bolted 5.10d in Leavenwort...
Andrew starting up the 5.10d at Pearly Gates
Andrew starting up the 5.10d at Pearly Gates
Andrew leading an unknown 5.10d trad route
Andrew leading an unknown 5.10d trad route
The goat really wanted the route we were on, he stood and eyeballed us for awhile until we gave up the route.
The goat really wanted the route we were on, he st...
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By ScottH
Jan 29, 2006

The trail to Pearly Gates begins just after the Snow Creek trail crosses the irrigation ditch; look for cairns leading off to the right.

By Casey Holmes
Aug 16, 2011

Watch for falling rocks at this crag. The curious and seemingly friendly goat in this area may knock rocks down on your belayer. Don't be alarmed if the goat hangs out all day with you and follows you up your route, showing off his skills.

By JimL
Apr 16, 2012

How is the approach this time of year? Anyone been up there lately?

By Nate Ball
From: Taipei, TW
Aug 3, 2013

As said before, the approach for this route begins just past the bridge over the irrigation ditch. Someone had placed logs across the trail, so we missed it, and couldn't cross higher up. The approach is a fairly burly uphill hike.

In the summer, this crag is shaded until about 2pm, after which everything is lit up til sundown.