Having the Cascade Mountains in your backyard certainly has its advantages, and rock climbing is just one of them! While there are many climbs in the area to challenge the expert climber, there are two climbs that will provide an excellent introduction to the area for those who are less experienced.
The community of Index, a tiny town located on Highway 2, sits at the base of the Index Town Wall, a 500-foot vertical cliff that has become one of the Northwest's hottest climbing spots and features some of the most technical rock climbing anywhere in Washington State.
About 3 miles south of Darrington on the Mountain Loop Highway (at Clear Creek Road No. 2060), you'll encounter Exfoliation Dome. Exfoliation Dome's east flank features the Witch Doctor Wall, a 1,100-foot face with an angle of 75 degrees. The west flank, Blueberry Hill, is a slabby with features that reflect the dome's name.
For more information on the rock climbing options and conditions in Snohomish County, call the Darrington Ranger Station at 360-436-1155.
And if you aren't quite ready for the real thing, practice your technique at the climbing wall at the Vertical World in Everett. They also offer a complete selection of quality outdoor gear in their outdoor specialty store. 2820 Rucker Avenue. 425-258-3431.