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This is the obvious Big Rock outcropping at the center of the Rocks of Sharon area.
The Standard Route (4th class to 5.4) is the classic Spokane scramble that many non technical climbers do regularly.
Many traditional crack routes are scattered all around this large outcropping and many FA's were claimed in the 1960's.
Big Rock also hosts a few excellent sport climbs on solid stone.

Getting There 

You will encounter Big Rock by hiking 15 minutes up the Rocks of Sharon access trail from the parking area. The main access trail heads North along the East face of Big Rock to where the trail narrows and branches to the East and West. From here, the North face of Big Rock is located to the left on the West trail, and the Rookie Wall and Gem Stone are located by heading right on the East trail.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Big Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Big Rock:
Highland Malt   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   South Face
Satori   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   West Face
Northern Aggression   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   East Face
They Call The Wind Mariah   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   East Face
The Thrill of Krell   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches   West Face
A Perfect Storm   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   West Face
Council of Elders   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 190'   West Face
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Rock Climbing Photo: Following the rope from the top down, you can see ...

Arcing Crack (aka Rescind) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Washington : Northeast Corner & Spokane : ... : North Face Big Rock
This crack is beautiful looking, and should be calling to you when you rappel from the north anchors; it is also nearly directly under the rappel anchors, so be mindful when launching up this thing.This crack starts running vertically from fingers to thin hands, the arcs right into a horizontal. It starts with decent feet, but quickly cruxes to all hand jams with little help from the feet for about two moves. Pull through this with hand jams deep in a flaring crack, or use the edge. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By Joe Sambataro
From: Seattle, WA
Apr 15, 2013
Access is now from a parking lot from the Stevens Creek trailhead. The acquisition of Big Rock was completed by Dishman Hills Natural Areas Association in 2009. Access Fund provided some matching funds for surveying this new parking area and DHNAA finished improvements to the new parking area in 2012.
By Clif McIntosh
From: Anchorage, Alaska
Mar 28, 2015
  • Fires, Camping, Hunting, Shooting and Motorized Vehicles are not allowed on any property owned by the DHNAA/DHC. No camping at the Crag.

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