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Bendin' Tendon 
DT Route, The S 
Gladys's Blouse S 
I like your sleeves they're Big S 
Lazarus 5.9 S 
Life Finds a Way T 
Shroud of Turin 5.10a S 
Too Much Bush T,TR 
Tunnel Vision  T 
Upside Down Metronome S 
Valley of Bones S 
West Nile Virus S 
Whirled Peas S 

Big Rock  


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Location: 48.42733, -122.26081 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: nelsonthad on Oct 16, 2011
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There are some great views from the top of Big Roc...

Description 

Fun Moderate sport and trad routes only a half hour drive from WWU. Rock type is very similar to Oyster Dome (AKA, Bat Caves, Samish Wall) but the approach is only 10 minutes.

Getting There 

Take Exit 227 off I-5. Head east on College Way 3.7 miles. Take hwy 9 south 0.2 miles. Park in the pull out on the left. Trail starts directly across the hwy from pullout. There is an address sign (15050) marking the start of the trail. See overview picture for trail details.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.5 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',2],['5.10',5],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Big Rock:
The DT Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Whirled Peas   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Shroud of Turin 5.10a   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Valley of Bones   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
West Nile Virus   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Valley of Bones 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  WA : Northwest Region : ... : Big Rock
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Photos of Big Rock Slideshow Add Photo
New Topo For Big Rock
BETA PHOTO: New Topo For Big Rock
Gladys's Blouse area
BETA PHOTO: Gladys's Blouse area
My kids Playing around on top of Big Rock.
My kids Playing around on top of Big Rock.
Shroud of Turin 5.10a
Shroud of Turin 5.10a
Big Rock Overview
BETA PHOTO: Big Rock Overview
Daniel on Lazarus 5.9
Daniel on Lazarus 5.9
View toward the East from the top of Big Rock. Anc...
View toward the East from the top of Big Rock. Anc...
Graydon O. on Lazarus 5.9
Graydon O. on Lazarus 5.9
My kids relaxing. Just over the rock behind them a...
My kids relaxing. Just over the rock behind them a...
Brian on West Nile Virus 5.10b/c
Brian on West Nile Virus 5.10b/c

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By michael faith
From: Bellingham, WA
Jun 26, 2012
This crag is just outside of Burlington/Mount Vernon about a half hour South of Bellingham.
By dbaggens
Jul 5, 2012
This is probably the closest crag to Bellingham other than the few around Larrabee. The approach is very easy and the routes are moderate, beginning at 5.6 to 5.10. Great place for beginner lead. Enjoyable views and fun afternoon climbing option. Consider checking out the Big Rock Cafe afterward - haven't tried the "fatass burger" (donuts instead of buns) but have tried many of their other satisfying grub.
By wakaranai
From: Mount Vernon, WA
Nov 7, 2012
Checked it out today, looks fun guys. Looking forward to climbing the routes soon!
By Alex Mitchell
From: Cincinnati, OH
Jun 6, 2013
Cool climbing area if you are bored after work. Base area could use some trail work. Its a bit scary in spots.
By Willshiks
May 28, 2015
There is a new bolt line tot the left of Lazarus 5.9. Pretty fun climb seemed to be about 5.8 or 5.9 but you have to use the anchor for Lazarus etc which causes a lot of rope drag .
By nelsonthad
From: Everett, wa
May 28, 2015
Feel free to add a dedicated anchor for the route on the far left. It also needs a scrub. I did not put in anchors for each climb due to the expense. Long slings at the anchor help a lot.
By Kyle Elliott
From: Everett, WA
Jul 16, 2015
New Closure sign (no trespassing, no public access) about 100 feet before the fork for the climber's trail.
By nelsonthad
From: Everett, wa
Aug 14, 2015
There is currently no closure that I could find. I hiked from the pullout to the bottom and top of the wall and did not encounter any signs. I also called Skagit Parks and Rec who own Big Rock and they said they did not know anything about a closure. Are you sure you parked at the right pullout? The correct pullout has the address sign for the park which is 15050 right where the trail starts.
By DobbsyDobbs
Aug 14, 2015
Just checked this rock out the other day with some friends and a puppy. Looks like some great practice leads and some good spots to teach new climbers about leading. I wouldn't suggest bringing a dog though as there's a lot of trash and broken glass around the rocks. Also not the best place to go when it's hot outside.
By nelsonthad
From: Everett, wa
Aug 14, 2015
I Agree that it is not super dog friendly, my dog has fallen off some of the steep ledges and no longer gets to come. I picked up a bag full of trash yesterday, mostly beer cans and gatorade bottles, and any help from climbers to make this a cleaner crag is much appreciated. I am hoping that the broken window principle will go into effect, ie if it doesn't look like a trash can people will be less inclined to leave their garbage.
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