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East Face 2 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
North Face Big Rock 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
South Face 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
West Face 1 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 13
Elevation: 3,583 ft
GPS: 47.578, -117.286 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: elmo mecsko on Nov 3, 2006 with updates from Jeff Mergler
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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Description

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Big Rock

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
 4
East Country
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Eastern Block
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 15
Highland Malt
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 12
Around the Horn
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
Clean Sweep
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
They Call The Wind Mariah
Sport 2 pitches
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
 30
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
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Southern Comfort E Face
 12
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
East Country E Face
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Eastern Block E Face
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Highland Malt S Face
 15
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Around the Horn S Face
 12
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Satori W Face
 10
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Northern Aggression E Face
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Clean Sweep E Face
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
They Call The Wind Mariah E Face
 6
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
The Thrill of Krell W Face
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
A Perfect Storm W Face
 30
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Council of Elders W Face
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
.50 Caliber Barrett W Face
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Balanced Effect W Face
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
The Issue W Face
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
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Joe Sambataro
Seattle, WA
Joe Sambataro   Seattle, WA
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. Apr 15, 2013
Clif McIntosh
Anchorage, Alaska
Clif McIntosh   Anchorage, Alaska
  • Fires, Camping, Hunting, Shooting and Motorized Vehicles are not allowed on any property owned by the DHNAA/DHC. No camping at the Crag.
Mar 28, 2015

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