Elevation: 3,600 ft
GPS: 48.441, -121.951 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: CameraisHeavy on Jun 24, 2013 · Updates
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closure at Newhalem Crags March 1st to mid-July Details

Description

A variety of secluded sub-alpine climbing- cracks, bolted slabs, and overhangs. Original routes were put up in the 70's by Dallas Kloke and friends. The crag made a comeback in 2005-present and now hosts 95+ pitches between the three Cumberland Crags. The rock quality ranges from bomber to choss. New route setters should be prepared to scrub the black lichen which coats many of the walls. With that said, underneath the lichen there are some high quality established lines and potential routes available. As of now the focus has been 5.6-5.12a but there are some steep looking walls for hard men and women in the future. Good long cracks for western WA and a short approach make this area a gem.

Getting There

From Seattle:

Take the College Way exit 227, Mount Vernon. Take a right on College Way. Drive through Mount Vernon on College Way (apox. 3 miles) to the Hwy 9 round-about. Take a left and head north on hwy 9 for 4.2 miles. Take a left on South Skagit Hwy. 

From Bellingham:

Take the Cook Rd exit 232, Sedro-Woolley. Take a left on Cook Rd. In 4 miles take a right on Trail Rd. Go straight through the intersection onto State St. Then turn right onto Hwy 9. Take the first right after crossing the bridge over Skagit River onto South Skagit Hwy.

Follow S Skagit Hwy along the river and through farmlands for 11.6 miles and take a right onto Finney-Cumberland Rd, also marked National Forest rd. 17 (gravel rd). Continue up this road always staying on the main one for 9.1 miles. On the right, there's an overgrown gravel road with a large rock on each side of the entrance. Walk along this road for about 800 feet until it takes a turn to the left. There's a faint trail up to the boulder field on the right at the start of the turn.

Other notable contributors

This page was originally made by "Wakaranai" in 2010 as a single crag, and some of the text was copied over to this multi-crag page.

Andrew Davidson pointed out the duplication in areas and which routes from the original page had not yet been duplicated here.

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