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Routes in Sehome Arboretum

Bolt Ladder 2 TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Bolt Ladder 2 Variation TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Boulder Lip Traverse V2 5+
Boulder Up V1 5
Classic Direct, The V3-4 6A+
Diagonal (aka Catwalk), The TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Jam Crack T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Sehome Chimney T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Sehome Traverse V6-7 7A+
Sidewalk TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Sidewalk Direct TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Stairway, The TR 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Text Book T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Unnamed TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Description [Suggest Change]

It's the Sehome Arboretum. It sees a fair amount of traffic from WWU students to and from campus as well from runners and hikers. Additional information can be found on the city's website.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

The entrance to Sehome Hill Arboretum is located on Bill McDonald Parkway at 25th Street near the South end of Western Washington University's campus in the Sehome Neighborhood.

Park in the lower area and walk along the road until you see the tree branch arch (collapsed in 2014) which signals a left along the trail and through a fence towards the cliffs. Alternately, one can hop on the trail out of the same lot and opt for the trail forks that go up until you reach the cliffs. The upper lot is home to a tunnel that can be traversered, some Boulder problems and a couple of TR routes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sehome Arboretum

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 3
Boulder Lip Traverse
Boulder
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 5
Sehome Chimney
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Bolt Ladder 2 Variation
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Boulder Lip Traverse
 3
V2 5+ Boulder
Sehome Chimney
 5
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Bolt Ladder 2 Variation
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
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Matthias Holladay
Shiprock, Navajolands
Matthias Holladay   Shiprock, Navajolands
That tunnel up there in forest, moments away from WWU, offered up some pretty good bouldering back in the day...plus it's dry. Sep 9, 2012
michael faith
Bellingham, WA
michael faith   Bellingham, WA
It's super polished these days but if it's been raining and you can't afford the gym it's your only option (at least that I know of). Bring a towel because streams form at the base of both sides and you'll probably need to wipe mud off your shoes after coming down between traverses. Sep 9, 2012
Matthias Holladay
Shiprock, Navajolands
Matthias Holladay   Shiprock, Navajolands
I recall getting a hip belay to TR the left side of the face in\outside the tunnel's east entrance. Not too bad, actually. Dec 20, 2013

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