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Location: Leavenworth, Washington

Approach: 1-20 min

Problems: 700+

Rating: ****

Rock: Granite

With over 700 problems found in clusters along Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River in the shadow of the scenic Wenatchee Mountains, Leavenworth is an incredible place to climb. The problems are of remarkable quality and the variety is exceptional. While itís just a couple of hours from Seattle, the climate is considerably drier. A true hidden gem.


Most of the bouldering is within the Wentachee National Forest and public access is permitted. However, within the forest, particularly in Icicle Canyon, there are pockets of private land. Do not trespass or park on private lands.


Spring and Fall are the best time to visit Leavenworth. Temperatures in the summer months may be a too warm for optimum friction, but you can escape the heat by swimming in the nearby creeks. Winters are cold and snowy, but dry, south-facing problems can be found if youíre ambitious.


There are six National Forest campgrounds along Icicle Creek, seven to sixteen miles from Leavenworth, with water and pit toilets. Sites are $12-14 per night. There is also a National Forest campground in Tumwater Canyon and, if you require showers and electricity, a KOA in Leavenworth. Leavenworth also has a collection of overpriced motels.


There are two large grocery stores Leavenworth, Danís Market on Rt. 2 near the center of town and Safeway, on Rt. 2 east of town. Thereís also a good selection of restaurants and coffee shops.


There are two gear stores in Leavenworth. Leavenworth Mountain Sports is on Rt. 2 and sells shoes, pads and guidebooks. Der Sportsman is on Front St., sells some gear and rents climbing shoes.


The Leavenworth area offers a wealth of outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking and backpacking. The trad routes on Snow Creek wall are renowned for their quality and not to be missed if you climb as well. The town of Leavenworth, built in a Bravarian theme, is full of touristy shops and nice public parks. The public library, on Main St., has free wireless. If youíre visiting in early October, the town hosts Oktoberfest so you can put on a ridiculous hat and enjoy a pint (or five).


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