Imagine sipping your morning coffee in the stillness of the forest, kicking back in a cabin above the trees.
The Index Town Wall sits just off Highway 2 near the town of Index. The area houses a high concentration of the state's finest granite crack climbs, along with some remarkable face climbs and some mini-big walls.
Index has a reputation for tough, steep climbing. Of the over 600 routes, only a few of them are below 5.10. Some of those few are quite excellent, however, and Index should not be overlooked by climbers of all abilities. A 500-foot vertical cliff has become one of the Northwest's hottest climbing spots and features some of the most technical rock climbing anywhere in Washington State.
The climbing season is nearly year-round, although the months of December and January can be rather wet and daylight hours are more limited in winter months.
Habitat: State-owned, 500-foot granite wall with mixed forest at base along North Fork of Skykomish River.
Birding: Peregrine Falcons nest on cliffs. Check the Skykomish River for Harlequin Ducks and Hooded Mergansers, and the riparian willow and cottonwood trees for warblers and swallows.
Viewing: Walk to the base of cliff to view Peregrine Falcons April-August.
Discover Pass required and available at the Sky Valley Visitor Center.