A large collection of boulders located in the Skagit Valley East of Sedro Woolley. The area has seen limited development. The boulders are located on a secluded forested slope. The landings can be hazardous so bring a few crash pads.
Head East from Hwy 9 on the S. Skagit Hwy past the small town of Day Creek. After a few miles (near mile marker 11) veer right and up an incline onto a prominent logging road that runs parallel to the highway. From this point it takes about 30 minutes along the gravel/dirt road to reach the boulders. Follow the main logging road east to a 90 degree switch back and head to the west. Follow the main road, always staying to the right at major forks. After you pass cliffs on the right you will come to road that heads to the right. Park at the pull-out and walk 5 minutes to the boulders. If you pass a pond on the right you have gone too far.
Varied route up the far left side of Wise Up Wall. Tricky start using the arete and face holds to a fun and semi-burly roof move. Easier ground along the left side of a huge detatched boulder to gain a nice stance below a diagonal crack. Climb this with great exposure using a couple tcus and then finish up the short splitter to some chains....[more]Browse More Classics in WA
This area is not called Bald Mt. It is called Coal Mt. to be specific. There is potential for bouldering here albeit ankle snapper terrain for sure. You would welcome having several pads. It is currently the site of some moderate route developement as well. Most of the routes are single pitch and much of those are in the sub 5.10 range. With a few acceptions, noteably a few 2-3 pitch gems, this crag will never be a destination. Its best attribute is its position. The crags location, being at 3,300 feet and back in the hills a bit, give it a kind of sub alpine feel which makes for a peaceful day- much like a mini Darrington. The driving directions were accurate enough, but the name of the road is worth mentioning. Take a right onto Finney/Cumberland Rd. For your information this road, if taken all the way over the pass-which is sort of where you park, will deposite you either in Oso to the right, or the Sauk River road to the left. A well known pass to locals for its beauty, camping, off road driving, and for some, hunting. This is one of a few surviving and truely wonderful off pavement drives in the upper Skagit region. Most of the other lowland fire roads that access good rock have been closed down due, in large part, to "Whisky Tango" garbage dumping cheap bastard red neck lazy asses. However, I'm quite convenced that climbers, in general, pack it out. Please continue this reputation. I am just old enough to have seen lots of good stuff vanish.
The Gravel Rd may be called finney/cumberland rd but now it is signed FS17. It would be nice if this crag could be listed as a crag in addition to a bouldering location. I believe there is more developed sport and trad climbing than bouldering.