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Exit 38: Deception Crags & Mt Washington

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Exit 38: Deception Crags & Mt Washington 

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BETA PHOTO: The three main climbing areas at Exit 38.


Exit 38, home to an abundance of bolted routes, is nestled in the I-90 corridor just out of Seattle. A multitude of mini-crags can be found in this area offering routes from 5.5 to 5.12+. Depending on the area you can find sun or shade but some of the steeper routes are known to seep after rain.

Getting There 

Take I-90 East from Seattle and take Exit 38. At the end of the exit take a right. To access Mt Washinton and the assoiated crags park at a left bend in the road near the entrance to a gravel road which goes up a small hill on the right. Or if you want to pay the fee drive up the gravel road to the offical trail head. For the main areas continue past the bend and go a bit further untill you see a large parking lot on the left that is right next to the bridge. The trail picks up on the right side of the brdige as you look up the hill towards the crag. The approach is pretty straightforward with a bit of elevation gain on a well trodden trail. Once go under a tall railroad bridge you will start to see walls on your right. Continue on the trail to the top of the bridge which is Iron Horse trail, from which you can find everything.

120 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',34],['2 Stars',65],['1 Star',21],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Exit 38: Deception Crags & Mt Washington:
Strip Clip   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Nevermind Wall
Blockhead   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   We Did Rock
Absolutely Nothing   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   We Did Rock
Some Drugs   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   We Did Rock
Neverigine   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport   Nevermind Wall
Wild Goat   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 98'   Deception Wall
Iguanarama   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Amazonia
Won't Get Fooled Again   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Deception Wall
I Remember Drooling   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 65'   Amazonia
no name   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 45'   We Did Rock
Rat Face   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 90'   Deception Wall
Love Bucket   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Nevermind Wall
Tropicana   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Amazonia
Big Mama   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Nevermind Wall
Hangover Helper   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 60'   Substation
Steep Street   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Nevermind Wall
Primus   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Amazonia
Architect Rally   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Nevermind Wall
Giant   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport   Club Paradiso / The Actual ...
Cultureshock   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport   Nevermind Wall
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Featured Route For Exit 38: Deception Crags & Mt Washington
Getting a foot up for the crux layback/reach.  This area is worth driving 1,400 miles for; steep, shady, climbing in a Squamish-like forest.

Cultureshock 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : ... : Nevermind Wall
This is the second bolted line from the the Right. It ascends the steepest section of Nevermind. After a few clips of thugery the wall straightens a bit to a very cool crux sequence. Once that is figure out its just simple cranking to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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