Type: Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches
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Access Issue: Lower Main Wall/East Buttress Trails Re-opened Details


Zig Zag is one of the area classics, and one of the longest climbs on Mt. Erie. As described here, pitch 2 and 3 can easily be linked. From the top of Zig Zag there are several options. One can scramble gullies to the top of Mt. Erie, climb Springboard, or rappel the route.
Pitch 1
Climb the right facing corner onto a wide ledge at its top. From this ledge, hand traverse up a flake, eventually mantling onto its top. From here gain the slab and climb directly to the visible chains above.
Pitch 2
This pitch offers several options. The original route heads up discontinuous cracks and ramps on the slab to the right, ending at a belay on top of the snag buttress. Another option (better in my opinion) is to climb Undercover to the Springboard ledge on top of Zig Zag.
Pitch 3
Head directly up from the Snag Buttress to a ledge below a roof. From this ledge, undercling and lieback around the right side of the roof. The pitch tops out on another large ledge with a horizontal tree and a bolted anchor.


This route starts to the left of the Snag Buttress in a prominent right facing corner.
This is approximately where the trail meets the cliff.


Gear to 2"
Curt Veldhuisen
Bellingham, WA
  5.7 PG13
Curt Veldhuisen   Bellingham, WA
  5.7 PG13
THE moderate classic on Erie! First and third pitches are some of the best easy trad pitches around. Middle slabby pitch is not hard but has limited pro. Agree that Undercover corner to left is better climbing and gets you to the same spot. Feb 14, 2014
J Sundstrom
San Diego, CA
J Sundstrom   San Diego, CA
Rapped from the P3 anchors to the anchors for Frogs in Space or Pinhead. With a 60, you will BARELY... actually, you won't make it without some sketchy down climbing. Unless you're heavy. With a 70 it wouldn't be a problem. FYI. Jul 18, 2015
Kemper Brightman
Kemper Brightman   Tucson
A good route with a great view and enjoyable climbing. Not to be missed. IMO the best way to do this route is in two pitches. First pitch heads up a corner then a hand traverse along a rail deposits you at a set of chains on the slab. There should be a set of chains to your right. From the left hand set of chains follow a couple bolts up to the crack feature, then head right and follow the feature all the way around to pull onto the ledge above. Two raps with a 70m from this ledge (with the fallen tree) gets you to the ground.

If you choose to do it the way its originally described, I found a couple #1 and #2 c3's were helpful to adequately protect the slab on the 2nd pitch.
Jul 18, 2016
Scott Brown
Scott Brown   Bellingham
Climbed this route two weeks ago and the flake(the "hand traverse" leading to the slab) at the top of the first pitch actually moved a bit. there looked to be a thin crack at the bottom.. it would be a fairly hefty rock to drop onto your belayer... although there is a bit of a variation just to the right that was much more solid. Aug 11, 2016
Kyle Elliott
Everett, WA
Kyle Elliott   Everett, WA
There's a fixed cam about 8' up, that appeared some time in the last few months. Jan 3, 2017
how did that cam even get there? the direction of force is up. Also, there is a nut on pitch 2 that looks easy enough to get out. Jun 29, 2017
Tavish Hansen
Seattle, WA
Tavish Hansen   Seattle, WA
Someone is messing with gravity and taking upward whippers. Oct 4, 2017
To access this trail, park at the penultimate kiosk on the way to the summit. The trailhead is to the right of that info board and switchbacks down the little cliff band. If you try to leave from the summit of mt. Erie, you’ll end up bushwhacking through rose bushes. Apr 28, 2018
Kyle Elliott
Everett, WA
Kyle Elliott   Everett, WA
The better approach would be to park at the bottom of the mountain near a large white gate, and hike up. Stop at the bulletin board and check the map. After a few minutes, the trail comes to a T. you Head right, then take the first left uphill, OR you can turn left at the T, then uphill at the first right. this trail skirts right under the "adventure crags" before cutting left and up towards the main wall. it's about 10 minutes on a well-established trail. The guidebook available at the store can help with the maze of interconnecting trails. Apr 30, 2018