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Skykomish and Snohomish River Valley

Static Point

Static Point is on land managed by the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Washington. Access is via roads operated and maintained by Snohomish County (from Highway 2 as far as until Olney Pass), and jointly with the the Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources, and the Snohomish PUD (beyond Olney Pass). The PUD operates nearby Spada Reservoir in partnership with the City of Everett.

As of May 2012 the main Olney Pass road is open beyond the turn off for Static Point but the PUD has decomissioned that side road heading into the South Fork of the Sultan River.

Static Point is a granite dome of amazing quality. Large sweeps of rock soar upward with nary a crack in site, and much of it is nearly completely devoid of features. Fortunately for the climber, it isn't too steep either; the climbs on Static Point rarely exceed 45 degrees. Most routes are friction climbs in the 5.9-5.10 range, stretching up to seven pitches long.

The area was first developed in the early 1980s. There is a popular story about how it was first "discovered" by airplane. Although the climbers most active in the early days indeed first saw the crags from an airplane, somebody else beat them to it and put up a couple of routes first. As with many areas in Washington, a logging road first brought climbers to the area.

Static Point is located in a relatively remote side valley near Snohomish County's Spada Lake Reservior. The PUD operates the area jointly with the DNR and the Forest Service and road is often gated several miles from the trailhead during the Winter. Overnight camping is prohibited near the lakeshore.

Photo by Jay Brazier.

Static Point P.O. Box 77315, Seattle, Washington 98177
Seattle, Washington