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Cumberland Crags Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: CameraisHeavy on Jun 24, 2013
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Description 

A variety of climbing- cracks, bolted slabs, and overhangs. Original routes were put up in the 70's by Dallas Kloke and friends. The crag made a comeback in 2005-present and now hosts 50+ pitches between Coal and 7 Mile Rock. The rock quality ranges from bomber to choss. New route setters should be prepared to scrub the black lichen which coats many of the walls. With that said, underneath the lichen there are some high quality established lines and potential routes available. As of now the focus has been 5.6-5.12a but there are some steep looking walls for hard men and women in the future. Sub Alpine secluded climbing. Good rock quality. Lots of good long cracks for western WA. Good variety of climbing and plenty of exposure with very short approaches.

Getting There 

From Seattle:

  • ***Temp Road Closure May 20 - July 3 2015****
From the College Way/Hwy 9 round a bout
Go Hwy 9 North to the small town of Clear Lake
Take a Right on Old Day Creek Rd and go 5.7 Miles where you will link up with the S. Skagit Hwy. Take S. Skagit Hwy 6.1 Miles and RD 17 is on the right. All other directions are the same.

If It's NOT between May20 and July 3rd 2015:
Take the College Way exit, Mount Vernon. Take a right on College Way. Drive through Mount Vernon on College Way (apox. 3 miles) to the Hwy 9 round-about. Take a left and head north on hwy 9 for 4.2 miles. Take a left on South Skagit Hwy. Follow this road along the river and through farmlands for 11.6 miles and take a right onto Cumberland/Finney rd. marked National Forest rd. 17 (dirt rd). Click on the individual crags to get exact mileages to each one from the NF 17 turn off.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.1 miles from here

69 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',12],['5.9',16],['5.10',20],['5.11',14],['5.12',4],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cumberland Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cumberland Crags:
The DT Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Big Rock
Tunnel Vision    5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Big Rock
Snugglefuk   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   7 Mile Rock
Twitterpated   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   7 Mile Rock
Shroud of Turin 5.10a   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Big Rock
Valley of Bones   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Big Rock
West Nile Virus   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Big Rock
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By wakaranai
From: Mount Vernon, WA
Jun 26, 2013
Looks good Thad!
By wakaranai
From: Mount Vernon, WA
May 9, 2015
South Skagit Hwy will be closed on the west end near the water main from Janiky reservoir May 20th thru July 3rd. It is still possible to access fsrd 17 by taking Old Day Creek Rd......see below description. This is probably the overall fastest way to approach from the South even without the road closure.
By wakaranai
From: Mount Vernon, WA
May 25, 2015
There is actually a much faster way via Old Day Creek Rd. out of Clear Lake

From the College Way/Hwy 9 round a bout
Go Hwy 9 North to the small town of Clear Lake
Take a Right on Old Day Creek Rd and go 5.7 Miles where you will link up with the S. Skagit Hwy. Take S. Skagit Hwy 6.1 Miles and RD 17 is on the right. All other directions are the same.
By CameraisHeavy
From: Everett, wa
May 26, 2015
Sweet Thanks.

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