Liberty Bell Needs Climbers' Support

The Liberty Bell Group, a cluster of five granite spires at Washington Pass outside Mazama, is home to some of the most popular and iconic alpine climbing in Washington State, including classic routes on Liberty Bell and South Early Winter Spire. Over the last decade, the area has become increasingly popular among alpine climbers. This rapidly expanding use has led to deteriorating trail conditions, severe erosion, and unsafe approaches.

The Liberty Bell Conservation Initiative will address these critical issues, and we are shovel-ready. But the project needs $130,000 to cover two seasons of professional trail crews and supplies to address critical stewardship and conservation needs. In the first eight months, climbers and organizations have raised close to $110,000, allowing us to start work in August 2018.

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© Joe Sambataro

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“Thousands of climbers come to Mazama and Washington Pass each year to climb, hike, ski, and enjoy this beautiful landscape," says CB Thomas, Manager of Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies in Mazama. "We realized the US Forest Service would need addtional support to steward this popular area."

The Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team is leading this initiative to restore the western slopes of the Liberty Bell Group. They will work closely with the US Forest Service and draw on the extensive volunteer network of The Mountaineers, Washington Climbers Coalition, the local chapter of the American Alpine Club, and the local Mazama community.

Plans include hardening and stabilizing existing sections of trail and rerouting unsustainable sections to safer, less impactful, and more stable paths. Way-finding signage and a wag bag dispenser are also planned to improve the experience of visiting climbers by keeping climbers on preferred paths and reducing human waste in this fragile sub-alpine environment.

From August to September 22, 2018, the Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team will be leading crews Wednesday to Saturday. Volunteers are welcome to join any day they can during the week. For Saturday stewardship events, sign up for open dates with Washington Climbers Coalition, The Mountaineers, and AAC Cascade Section.

Photo Courtesy of: Steph Abegg

Learn More

Learn how local partners are working together to conserve this incredible area.

Supporting Organizations

Donors $10,000+
National Forest Foundation ($33,000)
The Mountaineers ($10,000)
Washington Climbers Coalition (grants awarded and $2,500 in events)
Access Fund ($10,000 in-kind)
USFS Methow Valley Ranger District (in-kind)

Donors $5,000+
The Mazamas ($7,500)
Petzl Foundation ($6,000)
REI Puget Sound Market Grant ($5,000)

Donors $1,000+
American Alpine Club Cornerstone Grant ($4,000)
North Cascades Conservation Council ($3,000)
Seattle Bouldering Project ($1,970)
Washington Alpine Club ($1,662)
American Alpine Institute ($1,000)
American Mountain Guides Association ($1,000)
Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies ($1,000)
The Mazama Store ($1,000)
Vertical World ($1,000)

Donors $100+
Seattle Arc'teryx Brand Store/Arc'teryx ($807)
Mountain Madness ($500)
North Cascades Mountain Guides ($500)
Leavenworth Mountain Association ($300)
Duct Tape Then Beer ($250)
Mountain Bureau ($100)
And hundreds of individual climbers!