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
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

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 50+ pitches between Coal and 7 Mile Rock. 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, 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. Follow this road along the river and through farmlands for 11.6 miles and take a right onto Cumberland/Finney rd. marked National Forest rd. 17 (dirt rd). Continue up this road always staying on the main one for 9.1 miles to an obvious pull-out on the right, blocked by some boulders. The short trail begins in-between the boulders and a gate. Head up and right through the forest to the base of the rock. Only a 4 minute walk.

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This page was originally made by "Wakaranai" in 2010 as a single crag, and some of the text was copied over to this multi-crag page.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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Classic Climbing Routes at Coal Mt. Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
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Wisecrack
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Purdy Mouth
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Wisecrack Wise Up Wall
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5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Purdy Mouth Wise Up Wall
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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