Washington is a climbers paradise because of its diversity. As the most glaciated state in the lower 48, the Alpine rock and ice opportunities abound and are unmatched except Alaska. Mixed rock and ice, while at relatively low elevations, make for some of the most worthy and remote objectives anywhere. While Mt. Rainier is popular, just one route in the Pickett Range can become a 5-7 day outing. The photo below shows the Liberty Bell-Early Winters Spires right off Hwy 20 which cuts through the heart of the North Cascades National Park. To the west of Bainbridge are the amazing Olympic Mountains, an easy drive w/o the ferry, where hiking through lush forest is as popular as climbing snow-capped peaks.
Rock climbing is most popular at Index, Icicle Creek in Leavenworth, Vantage and Exit 38. For an incredible amount of climbing information, visit www.cascadeclimbers.com