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Bendin' Tendon V3 6A
DT Route, The S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Gladys's Blouse S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
I like your sleeves they're Big S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lazarus 5.9 S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Life Finds a Way T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Shroud of Turin 5.10a S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Too Much Bush T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Tunnel Vision T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Upside Down Metronome S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Valley of Bones S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
West Nile Virus S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Whirled Peas S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c


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.

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michael faith
Bellingham, WA
michael faith   Bellingham, WA
This crag is just outside of Burlington/Mount Vernon about a half hour South of Bellingham. Jun 26, 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. Jul 5, 2012
Mount Vernon, WA
wakaranai   Mount Vernon, WA
Checked it out today, looks fun guys. Looking forward to climbing the routes soon! Nov 7, 2012
Alex Mitchell
Phoenix, AZ
Alex Mitchell   Phoenix, AZ
Cool climbing area if you are bored after work. Base area could use some trail work. Its a bit scary in spots. Jun 6, 2013
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 . May 28, 2015
Everett, wa
CameraisHeavy   Everett, wa
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. May 28, 2015
Kyle Elliott
Everett, WA
Kyle Elliott   Everett, WA
New Closure sign (no trespassing, no public access) about 100 feet before the fork for the climber's trail. Jul 16, 2015
Everett, wa
CameraisHeavy   Everett, wa
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. 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. Aug 14, 2015
Everett, wa
CameraisHeavy   Everett, wa
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. Aug 14, 2015
Kyle Elliott
Everett, WA
Kyle Elliott   Everett, WA
The closure sign I came across was on the right, before the fork for the climbers trail and the regular trail to the top. It was where the 15050 trail meets the trail that looks like an old road amd heads right.

I went up there to clean up a little bit (it's one of the only areas within a half hour of where I live) and was super bummed when I saw the sign. I had taken a picture of it, but must have accidentally deleted it from my phone.

It might have been taken down. It definitely looked like an official sign, so I turned back.

EDIT: found it listed as "closed to public"… Sep 8, 2015
Everett, wa
CameraisHeavy   Everett, wa
I also asked them about that too and they said that it has never officially been open to the public. Sounds like they found themselves in an interesting access situation since big rock was granted to the city but not the access. My guess is the signs came up shortly because of the high fire danger. I decided not to push it and argue with them since we have all had access for as long as I can remember and it could continue that way if we don't push the envelope, And they told me it was open. Sep 8, 2015
Kyle Elliott
Everett, WA
Kyle Elliott   Everett, WA
Went up yesterday, and indeed, the signage I saw has been removed. picked up a few bottles while I was up there. some of the routes are starting to develop a little slime. Nov 11, 2015
Joshua Burns 1
Yosemite, ca
Joshua Burns 1   Yosemite, ca
Just moved up here with my girlfriend and we decided to check out big rock today. The rock definitely needs a couple of days to dry off but seems like a decent neighborhood crag. We almost brought the dog but I'm glad we didn't!
It seems like there might be room for development at Big Rock, anybody know local policy about cleaning? Jan 25, 2016
Everett, wa
CameraisHeavy   Everett, wa
According the Skagit park service they do not want anyone to use tools without signing a waiver. That said, I have never seen anyone but redneck bottle throwers up there and have never been approached or even noticed using a wire brush. I would not approach them to ask for a waiver either because Big Rock is not technically open to the public according to them. I have a hunch that this is also Liability related. I think if no one pushes the issue, access will hopefully remain the same as it has been for the last 30 years, mostly open. Feb 16, 2016
Kyle Elliott
Everett, WA
Kyle Elliott   Everett, WA
There is a shiny new NO TRESPASSING sign right at the beginning of the 15050 trail.
Aug 13, 2016

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