Elevation: 3,560 ft
GPS: 47.579, -117.286 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: elmo mecsko on Aug 28, 2006
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Description

A cluster of granite out-croppings overlooking the Palouse of Eastern Washington and Idaho. The 20 minute uphill hike is well worth doing to reach the 60+ climbs. Chicken-heads and pockets tend to be located just where you would want them, and quite often result in dynamic moves on very overhanging rock.
The area hosts sport, trad and mixed climbs, plus some bouldering. Many well protected routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.13 in a beatiful location that tends to feel quite secluded, even though you are only a half hour drive from Spokane.

GETTING THERE:
From the junction of the Palouse Hwy and 57th, drive 5.5 miles and turn left on Stevens Creek Rd. Continue past Sharon Rd. and Big Rock Rd. (about 2 miles). Look for the parking lot on your left.

53 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rocks of Sharon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 12
Southern Comfort
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 8
Turkey Heads
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 15
Highland Malt
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 10
Satori
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Northern Aggression
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Shelter from the Storm
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Aggro Regular Route
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 7
The Thrill of Krell
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 31
A Perfect Storm
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Council of Elders
Sport 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
.50 Caliber Barrett
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
Balanced Effect
Sport 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
The Issue
Sport 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
No Egrets
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Chronic Rookie
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Southern Comfort Big Rock > E Face
 12
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Turkey Heads Bird Watching Boulder
 8
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Highland Malt Big Rock > S Face
 15
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Satori Big Rock > W Face
 10
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Northern Aggression Big Rock > E Face
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Shelter from the Storm Triplets
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Aggro Regular Route Aggro Rock
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The Thrill of Krell Big Rock > W Face
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
A Perfect Storm Big Rock > W Face
 31
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Council of Elders Big Rock > W Face
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
.50 Caliber Barrett Big Rock > W Face
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Balanced Effect Big Rock > W Face
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
The Issue Big Rock > W Face
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
No Egrets Bird Watching Boulder
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Chronic Rookie Rookie Wall
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Just a quick FYI on the climbing here. I broke two or three holds here last June. The rock is very brittle and if you fully weight a hold in the wrong spot it can break off. Be aware of this when climbing as often the worst time to break a hold is when you have it fully weighted. Apr 21, 2011
Marlin Thorman
Spokane, WA
Marlin Thorman   Spokane, WA
There is a new guidebook out for the Rocks of Sharon. It was just released a few months ago and is a 39 page paperback on solely this area. It is called "Climbing the Rocks of Sharon" by Aaron Henson, Bob Ordner, Eric Barrett, and Jon Jonckers. The local Mountain Gear in Spokane currently has copies. Apr 26, 2013
ALB
ALB  
North access parking lot is Iller Creek: 47.593820 -117.273180
South access paring lot is Stevens Creek: 47.570182 -117.288705 Apr 6, 2015