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Exit 38: Deception Crags & Mt Washington Rock Climbing 

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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

139 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',39],['2 Stars',78],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Exit 38: Deception Crags & Mt Washington

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Exit 38: Deception Crags & Mt Washington:
A Castle so Crystal Clear   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   Bob's : Peannacle Wall
Blockhead   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   We Did Rock
Absolutely Nothing   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   We Did Rock
Some Drugs   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   We Did Rock
Neverigine   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport   Nevermind Wall
Iguanarama   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Amazonia
Old Milwaukee Road   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 98'   Deception Wall
I Remember Drooling   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 65'   Amazonia
Firing Up Bob   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   The Lost Resort
Love Bucket   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Nevermind Wall
Tropicana   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Amazonia
Bad Choo Choo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   We Did Rock
Arbo-Reality   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Amazonia
Big Mama   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Nevermind Wall
Primus   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Amazonia
Steep Street   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Nevermind Wall
Architect Rally   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Nevermind Wall
La Vida Locamotive   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Deception Wall
Giant   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport   Club Paradiso / The Actual ...
Cultureshock   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   Nevermind Wall
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Empty Martry Breeding Room 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : ... : Valley View West
This route is BOSS and would be uber popular at areas like Little Si if it were transplanted. But, with the hike, I'm not sure it has been climbed more than a few times in its 15 year existence. Steep rock leads up a clean face of varied and mostly positive holds through several baffling sequences. The Topout is CLASSIC. So GOOD. Felt like 12b to me....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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