Crags Climbing Center offers over 5,000 square feet of climbing area with 23 top rope stations up to 44 feet in height with ~15 configured for lead climbing. There is a dedicated bouldering area with an average of 40 routes up at any given time, and rope routes range in difficulty from 5.6 – 5.13 with boulders from V0 – V8+.

All currently enrolled UW students & those with an active Rec Membership are able to purchase a day pass or Crags Quarterly Climb Pass.

Guests of current UW students and active Rec membership holders can purchase a Guest Pass (valid only for the day) to climb at Crags Climbing Center. The guest and their sponsor must be present at the time of purchase, however the sponsor does not need to remain at Crags. Be advised that sponsors are responsible for the actions of their guests while climbing at Crags.

Register for Crags climbing classes and UWild trips & classes

UWild classes & trips

Purchase your Crags Quarter Pass ahead of time and skip the line!

Crags Quarter Pass

**Make sure to press the “Complete Order” button at the top of the final page (after completing the payment), or your pass won’t be added to your profile**

**If you want to climb at Crags and have a financial need, consider applying to the Student Recreation Fund. Through the support of the Student Recreation Fund, UW Recreation provides awards each quarter to assist students in accessing our climbing gym. You may receive funding to cover up to 80% of the cost (up to $40 per quarter) and may be applied to the Crags Quarter Climbing Pass or Crags Quarter Equipment Pass.

Learn more about the Student Recreation Fun here or send in your application now!

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Crags Policies & Procedures

  • Masks are encouraged but not required for all Individuals.
  • Personal water bottles are to be left in the Water Bottle Area near the door.
  • No food is allowed in the climbing area.
  • No loose chalk is allowed.
  • Liquid chalk is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.
  • Crags lobby and high touch points will be cleaned at the end of every day!

Summer Quarter Hours (6/17-8/15)

Monday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Weekends CLOSED

Holiday & Revised Hours

  • Finals Week Reduced Hours | June 3 – 6, Monday-Thursday | 4 PM – 8 PM
  • Summer Break Closure | June 7 – 16, Friday-Sunday | CLOSED
  • Summer Hours Begin | June 17, Monday | 4 PM – 8 PM
  • Juneteenth Day | June 19, Wednesday | CLOSED
  • Independence Day | July 4, Thursday | CLOSED
  • Fall Break & Maintenance Closure | August 16 – September 24, Friday-Tuesday | CLOSED
  • Autumn Quarter Re-Opening | September 25, Wednesday | 3 PM – 10 PM

Membership & Daily Rates

Crags Day Pass $5.00
Guest Pass (valid only for the day) $7.00
Crags Quarter Pass (Summer rate) $30.00
Crags Quarter Equipment Pass (Summer rate) $20.00
Belay Exam $5.00

Equipment Daily Rental Rates

Chalk bag $2.00
Harness $3.50
Shoes $4.50
Combo (shoes/chalkbag/harness) $6.00

Merchandise for purchase

We offer a small selection of climbing gear and supplies to keep you sending (from brands such as Petzl, Black Diamond, Asana, Edelrid), including chalk bags, reusable chalk socks, belay devices (including ABDs!), liquid chalk, chalk blocks, “How to Climb” books, and more. We also have Crags t-shirts in sizes from XS-2XL! Come to Crags to check out what we offer and chat with our friendly Crags staff about current prices!

Sales tax added where applicable. 

You will need your UW Husky ID card for purchases, but we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and Husky Cards as a form of payment. We do not accept cash.


UW Recreation does not provide accident or medical coverage for participants. It is recommended that participants obtain their own personal coverage. Students may obtain additional information on student accident/sickness insurance by contacting:  Insurance & Cost | Husky Health & Well-Being (


Crags Climbing Center is inside the IMA, on the main floor near the large cardio fitness room.

3924 Montlake Blvd NE
Seattle, WA 98195

Questions about Accessibility?

UW Recreation’s programs, operations, and facilities are intended to be inclusive and accessible. If at any time, you have a need or concern please contact us, we encourage everyone to participate in our department offerings. For accommodation requests connected to a disability or health condition contact us at (206) 543-4590 or at Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance as possible, preferably at least 10 business days.

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