Our Seattle rock climbing programs take place at exit 38, located 38 miles east of downtown Seattle on the south side of I-90. This area is also called Deception Crags and is primarily a bolted sport climbing area. Deception Crags holds a nice density of climbing with more of the routes tending to be in the 5.9 and higher range, but with plenty of more moderate routes suitable for training. We use Exit 38 - Deception Crags for programs where folks want to base out of Seattle. This is a great spot to take an Introduction to Outdoor Climbing Course, which tends to focus on people making the transition from gym climbing to outdoor climbing, or those new to rock climbing.
No experience is necessary and we provide all of the equipment you need for your trip such as ropes, harnesses, belay devices, shoes, and helmets. Exit 38 is a good place to cover topics like sport leading, basic climbing skills, and can be a super fun place for experienced climbers to link up with a guide for a quick, fun, day of climbing.
Deception Crags are ideal for sport climbing programs, group rock climbing programs, rock climbing anchors clinics, and rock rescue programs. If looking to develop your crack climbing, lead climbing, or multi-pitch climbing skills then you may consider making the journey to Leavenworth, WA (2.5 hours from Seattle) where granite crags offer a more trad focused climbing experience. Leavenworth also has drier climate and tends to offer sunny rock climbing on many days when Exit 38 is experiencing rain.
The advantage of Deception Crags is a short 45 minute approach from Seattle and a more sport climbing focused area.