I recently moved to Seattle from the bay area. Does anyone have any recommendations on climbing areas close to Seattle. I know of Index, but I have heard it's pretty hard. I am more of a beginner.
Yes, Agree with that, Index is the place be for high-quality trad on this side of the mountain. There is some trad in north bend, not with the best quality but yes exist. There are a couple of moderate lines at Exit 32 and also at Exit 38. Some from Exit 32 - Repo Climbing wall, and in Exit 38 - Peannacle Climbing Wall, Shangri La Climbing
You will find this blog useful. https://www.miyaradventures.com/blog/guide-to-seattle-rock-climbing-and-courses/
It has a list of the rock climbing areas close to Seattle along with some general info/guidebooks.