Elevation: 4,000 ft
GPS: 48.463, -121.938 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: CameraisHeavy on Jun 24, 2013 with updates from wakaranai
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

Description

Iron Mt. Crag is a small, secluded crag located 13.1 miles from the S. Skagit Hwy hosting about a dozen routes of mostly traditional protected face climbs with occasional bolts. The left side of the rock has 4 climbs with roofy, slab tech routes that are all high quality and well protected with both gear and bolts featuring the awesome sport climb "Punked". The central section has 5 burly overhanging face and crack climbs that protect with almost all gear starting with "Little Big Crack" (left) to "Bathtub Moment" (right). Bathtub moment is the same climb as "Tradical" through the first half until Tradical heads straight up through spikey features and a finger tips crack. Tradical is probably the most classic line at the cliff yet still awaits a repeat ascent. You can always TR off trees at the top of the cliff to get to the Tradical anchor if tricky gear placements on lead doesn't sound fun. The far right of the crag has two easy climbs that are dirty at the moment but are actually quite fun, especially "Trad-send-dance" which surprisingly has plenty of gear placements...A good warm up. "Fly Fighter" is a must do as well as "Watch Me" and "Iron and Whine". There is a great mostly gear project just left of Tradical that would go at about 12c/d and would be the hardest line at the cliff...might need a bolt or two?

The rock is not perfect, there is still a lot of corn flake black lichen that needs tending but the climbing here is high quality and very unique to anything else in the state. The high elevation is nice during hot months and the area is popping with blueberries in August. Warning*** In July and early August the flies can be horrendous and there are fire ants at the top of the cliff.

Getting There

From S. Skagit Hwy ****use odometer*** drive 4.6 miles up fsrd17 and take a left onto fsrd 1775. From here go 8.5 miles and look for a non-distinct tiny pull out on the right with a small drainage on the left. The trail starts just past the drainage on the left (look for cairn). Follow the trail through blueberry bushes and pines for 5 minutes to the crag.

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Ben Gilkison
Tacoma
Ben Gilkison   Tacoma
When where there be more information on this crag? Jul 28, 2017
wakaranai
Mount Vernon, WA
wakaranai   Mount Vernon, WA
New description above Apr 7, 2018