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Bellingham Area Rock Climbing 

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Lots to climb around Bellingham.

Getting There 

Bellingham lies an hour and a half from Seattle on the I-5 near the border to Canada.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

51 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bellingham Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bellingham Area:
Boulder Lip Traverse   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Sehome Arboretum
The Classic Direct   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 18'   Sehome Arboretum
Sehome Traverse   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 35'   Sehome Arboretum
Oyster Odyssey    5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 25'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Resistance Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 100'   Larrabee : Boat Launch Wall
Grog Supply   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Crystal Ship   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Variation to Dihedral   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 30'   Larrabee : Desperation
Our Typhoon Rhythm   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 50'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Pale Young Eels   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Bolt Ladder 2 Variation    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 35'   Sehome Arboretum
Clicking Barnacles   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Julia the Viking Queen   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Saffron Spider   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Desperation Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 25'   Larrabee : Desperation
The Dihedral    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 75'   Larrabee : Dihedral Area
Desperation Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 30'   Larrabee : Desperation
Hanging Loose   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   The Bat Caves
Bolt Ladder 2   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     TR, 35'   Sehome Arboretum
Smoke On the Water   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
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Smoke On the Water 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Washington : Northwest Region : ... : Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
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By Rafe
Sep 25, 2009
Sort of....
By Travis D.
Oct 14, 2009
well said, Rafe. Does anyone have information about the van zandt walls?
By Schoney
From: Joshua Tree
Dec 3, 2009
I need there to be rock in B Ham area. Just visiting, but i need my fix.
By Justin Slagle
From: Palm Desert, CA
Mar 2, 2010
Julia's Outcrop should be in the Bellingham Area climbing group. Check it out, couple of fun routes. Also, you can boulder down at Larabee State Park, some good problems there, and the crash pad is only needed for some of them, otherwise you're landing on sand.
By Matthias Holladay
From: Shiprock, Navajolands
Apr 26, 2011
It's nice to see fotografs of Julia's Outcrop, a special place where my dog and I had the place largely to ourselves.

One question: How is the trail to the base / and the base holding up? Erosion, etc. was something I wondered about should the area get a lot of traffic.

Also, a big thanks to Scott Massey and other A.A.I. cohorts who have refurbished the hardware.
By smassey
From: CO
May 8, 2011
Well, Matthias, it seems like some uninformed people beat you to the punch. Now there's a new page under B'ham area. They didn't even bother to cut and paste my beta. Kids these days... I'll take a look at the trail when I'm up there this summer. The base was largely fine. The area to the right of Smoke on the Water is eroding a bit. I'll probably build a few steps there on a day off. I've got some ASCA hardware to finish up the rebolting work, so it should be buffed out soon.
By smassey
From: CO
May 15, 2011
Duly noted, sir. Probably a good reason to keep the hand-drilling to a minimum. Thx for the beta.
By smassey
From: CO
May 18, 2011
Hmm, interesting. We should chat over a beer sometime when I'm up there.

I figured it was State Park land, but have always kept a low profile when going there anyway, especially re: the entrance to the trail. Thanks for doing the research.
By Matthias Holladay
From: Shiprock, Navajolands
May 19, 2011
Well, that IS interesting. I thought it was logging company land.

Being cool while embarking on your hike up there is likely the best strategy to avoid detection.

Van Zandt had some real cool ice smears years ago; they were nice-looking steep slabs.

The Bat Caves have some old routes, but the approach is longish...

My favorite in-town location was the superb, dry bouldering inside the tunnel behind W.W.U. up on Sehome Hill. I TR'd a route at the East end which climbs the left side of the rock and over the tunnel entrance to the trail above.
By honeyjacket
Feb 7, 2013
I'm new to the area and was wondering if the wall to the east of larabee(above the pull off to the left just before you reach the park entrance) is any good/developed. The wall itself looks pretty tall, but is probably chossy I would assume. Thanks!

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