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This is the obvious Big Rock outcropping at the center of the Rocks of Sharon area.
The Standard Route (4th class to 5.4) is the classic Spokane scramble that many non technical climbers do regularly.
Many traditional crack routes are scattered all around this large outcropping and many FA's were claimed in the 1960's.
Big Rock also hosts a few excellent sport climbs on solid stone.

Getting There 

You will encounter Big Rock by hiking 15 minutes up the Rocks of Sharon access trail from the parking area. The main access trail heads North along the East face of Big Rock to where the trail narrows and branches to the East and West. From here, the North face of Big Rock is located to the left on the West trail, and the Rookie Wall and Gem Stone are located by heading right on the East trail.

Climbing Season

For the Rocks of Sharon area.

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Big Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Big Rock:
Highland Malt   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   South Face
B.O.B.   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 90'   West Face
Grin and Barrett   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Face
Around the Horn   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   South Face
Satori   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   West Face
The Thrill of Krell   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches   West Face
A Perfect Storm   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   West Face
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Featured Route For Big Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Rope on Northern Aggression.

Northern Aggression 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : ... : East Face
This route has some great 5.9 face climbing. Your instincts will pull you towards the easier chimney/gully feature to the left, but staying on the face provides engaging climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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By Joe Sambataro
From: Seattle, WA
Apr 15, 2013
Access is now from a parking lot from the Stevens Creek trailhead. The acquisition of Big Rock was completed by Dishman Hills Natural Areas Association in 2009. Access Fund provided some matching funds for surveying this new parking area and DHNAA finished improvements to the new parking area in 2012.
By Clif McIntosh
From: Anchorage, Alaska
Mar 28, 2015
  • Fires, Camping, Hunting, Shooting and Motorized Vehicles are not allowed on any property owned by the DHNAA/DHC. No camping at the Crag.

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