This site is not a complete guidebook.
It is intended to give the reader an overall introduction to
the area and to provide accurate and updated information for
a sampling of some of the area’s better climbs, but this site
presents less than a third of the documented climbs at
Darrington. Completely omitted here are many fine climbs,
mostly in the 5.9 to 5.10 range, and some aid lines that
approach a big-wall experience. In addition, some
excellent crags with ten or more routes on them do not
appear here at all.
A mini gide in PDF format here: Darrington Intro 2015. This does not include any of the newer routes in Squire Creek but it will offer the visitor a good introduction to Darrington climbing and includes the most easily accessible and straight-forward climbs in the area.
The most comprehensive Darrington Guide yet produced is available
in an E-Book produced by David Whitelaw and Dave Burdick, in November,
2003. The “book” provides detailed descriptions
of the routes along with excellent topo drawings. In addition,
it contains descriptive information and even topos for some
of the approaches, and many great photographs. E-mail to:
Darrington climbs are presented in Washington Rock Climbs (Falcon
Press, 1999), the Traveller’s Guide (Washington Mountain Alliance,
1999), and Volumes I and II of Select Climbs in Washington (Mountaineers
Press, 1993 and 2000), but fully half the routes in the Darrington
area have not been published anywhere and these books are either
out-of-date or inaccurate even as to the older classics.
Web pages containing trip reports and photos related to Darrington
rock climbs are numerous but the following three sites in partcular
offer descriptions or useful information for climbers headed there
pictures, a story, and corrections to the year 2000 Falcon guidebook).
pictures and a topo for Ginsu, noted higher up on this page)
(a “unique” site
containing (among other things) pictures of Squire Creek Wall).
Washington Mountain Alliance and the Seattle climbing store, Pro
Mountain Sports have sponsored efforts to upgrade old anchors,
especially on Three O’Clock Rock. Jim Nelson, the owner of
Pro Mountain Sports, is familiar with Darrington climbing and can