Mount Erie Rock Climbing
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Climbing type: sport, moderate and mixed routes. There are many opportunities for top rope climbing as well.
Gear: small rack of gear to 3 inches and quickdraws. All routes can be descended with a single 60-meter rope.
Rock type: diorite, highly textured and featured, excellent to climb on but few continuous cracks of any significant length.
Weather: located in the rain shadow of the Olympics, so offers the potential for dry climbing year round. March to October best, always bring layers.
Camping: no camping on Mount Erie, but several campgrounds nearby.
Further Reference: Rockin' on the Rock: A Guide to Mt. Erie Climbing, by Dallas Kloke, Jim Thompson and Aaron Bryant. The print guide is available at the Lake Erie Grocery Store at the base of Mt. Erie. The digital version is available on rakkup which provides a map and navigation assistance to the myriad crags at Mt. Erie. The rakkup guide is always the most up to date source as routes are added and revised by local climbers. The Mt. Erie Facebook page provides information on route updates and events.
Approach times: 5-30 minutes
Getting there: Exit I-5 at Burlington and take SR 20 west for about 15 minutes. Make left at roundabout (still on SR 20) head towards Deception Pass (worth seeing on its own). In a few miles reach a fork & trend right on Campbell Lake Road. Mount Erie will be visible on the right. In a few more miles the Mount Erie Grocery (stop for beer or Kloke's guide book) marks the right-hand turn onto Heart Lake Road, & in one more mile the state road to the top will branch off to the right. Several miles up the winding road leads to the summit parking areas. There is limited parking at the base of Mt. Erie just up the road from the store. Please do not block the white private gate or neighbors' driveways. A few cars can also park by the two giant fir trees on Heart Lake road to access the West Buttress trail.
Classic Climbing Routes at Mount Erie
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