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Gladys's Blouse S 
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Lazarus 5.9 S 
Life Finds a Way T 
Shroud of Turin 5.10a S 
Too Much Bush T,TR 
Tunnel Vision  T 
Upside Down Metronome S 
Valley of Bones S 
West Nile Virus S 
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Big Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: CameraisHeavy on Oct 16, 2011
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There are some great views from the top of Big Roc...


Fun Moderate sport and trad routes only a half hour drive from WWU. Rock type is very similar to Oyster Dome (AKA, Bat Caves, Samish Wall) but the approach is only 10 minutes.

Getting There 

Take Exit 227 off I-5. Head east on College Way 3.7 miles. Take hwy 9 south 0.2 miles. Park in the pull out on the left. Trail starts directly across the hwy from pullout. There is an address sign (15050) marking the start of the trail. See overview picture for trail details.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Big Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Big Rock:
The DT Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Shroud of Turin 5.10a   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Valley of Bones   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
West Nile Virus   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Featured Route For Big Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Valley of Bones is located left of the vertical cr...

Valley of Bones 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  Washington : Northwest Region : ... : Big Rock
Two Cruxes, First is pulling the overhang at the first bolt and second near the top. Good movement with interesting features makes this a Big Rock Classic....[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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Rock Climbing Photo: New Topo For Big Rock
BETA PHOTO: New Topo For Big Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: My kids relaxing. Just over the rock behind them a...
My kids relaxing. Just over the rock behind them a...
Rock Climbing Photo: My kids Playing around on top of Big Rock.
My kids Playing around on top of Big Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: View toward the East from the top of Big Rock. Anc...
View toward the East from the top of Big Rock. Anc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brian on West Nile Virus 5.10b/c
Brian on West Nile Virus 5.10b/c
Rock Climbing Photo: Graydon O. on Lazarus 5.9
Graydon O. on Lazarus 5.9
Rock Climbing Photo: Daniel on Lazarus 5.9
Daniel on Lazarus 5.9
Rock Climbing Photo: Shroud of Turin 5.10a
Shroud of Turin 5.10a
Rock Climbing Photo: Gladys's Blouse area
BETA PHOTO: Gladys's Blouse area
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Rock Overview
BETA PHOTO: Big Rock Overview

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By michael faith
From: Bellingham, WA
Jun 26, 2012
This crag is just outside of Burlington/Mount Vernon about a half hour South of Bellingham.
By dbaggens
Jul 5, 2012
This is probably the closest crag to Bellingham other than the few around Larrabee. The approach is very easy and the routes are moderate, beginning at 5.6 to 5.10. Great place for beginner lead. Enjoyable views and fun afternoon climbing option. Consider checking out the Big Rock Cafe afterward - haven't tried the "fatass burger" (donuts instead of buns) but have tried many of their other satisfying grub.
By wakaranai
From: Mount Vernon, WA
Nov 7, 2012
Checked it out today, looks fun guys. Looking forward to climbing the routes soon!
By Alex Mitchell
From: Cincinnati, OH
Jun 6, 2013
Cool climbing area if you are bored after work. Base area could use some trail work. Its a bit scary in spots.
By Willshiks
May 28, 2015
There is a new bolt line tot the left of Lazarus 5.9. Pretty fun climb seemed to be about 5.8 or 5.9 but you have to use the anchor for Lazarus etc which causes a lot of rope drag .
By CameraisHeavy
From: Everett, wa
May 28, 2015
Feel free to add a dedicated anchor for the route on the far left. It also needs a scrub. I did not put in anchors for each climb due to the expense. Long slings at the anchor help a lot.
By Kyle Elliott
From: Everett, WA
Jul 16, 2015
New Closure sign (no trespassing, no public access) about 100 feet before the fork for the climber's trail.
By CameraisHeavy
From: Everett, wa
Aug 14, 2015
There is currently no closure that I could find. I hiked from the pullout to the bottom and top of the wall and did not encounter any signs. I also called Skagit Parks and Rec who own Big Rock and they said they did not know anything about a closure. Are you sure you parked at the right pullout? The correct pullout has the address sign for the park which is 15050 right where the trail starts.
By DobbsyDobbs
Aug 14, 2015
Just checked this rock out the other day with some friends and a puppy. Looks like some great practice leads and some good spots to teach new climbers about leading. I wouldn't suggest bringing a dog though as there's a lot of trash and broken glass around the rocks. Also not the best place to go when it's hot outside.
By CameraisHeavy
From: Everett, wa
Aug 14, 2015
I Agree that it is not super dog friendly, my dog has fallen off some of the steep ledges and no longer gets to come. I picked up a bag full of trash yesterday, mostly beer cans and gatorade bottles, and any help from climbers to make this a cleaner crag is much appreciated. I am hoping that the broken window principle will go into effect, ie if it doesn't look like a trash can people will be less inclined to leave their garbage.
By Kyle Elliott
From: Everett, WA
Sep 8, 2015
The closure sign I came across was on the right, before the fork for the climbers trail and the regular trail to the top. It was where the 15050 trail meets the trail that looks like an old road amd heads right.

I went up there to clean up a little bit (it's one of the only areas within a half hour of where I live) and was super bummed when I saw the sign. I had taken a picture of it, but must have accidentally deleted it from my phone.

It might have been taken down. It definitely looked like an official sign, so I turned back.

EDIT: found it listed as "closed to public"
By CameraisHeavy
From: Everett, wa
Sep 8, 2015
I also asked them about that too and they said that it has never officially been open to the public. Sounds like they found themselves in an interesting access situation since big rock was granted to the city but not the access. My guess is the signs came up shortly because of the high fire danger. I decided not to push it and argue with them since we have all had access for as long as I can remember and it could continue that way if we don't push the envelope, And they told me it was open.
By Kyle Elliott
From: Everett, WA
Nov 11, 2015
Went up yesterday, and indeed, the signage I saw has been removed. picked up a few bottles while I was up there. some of the routes are starting to develop a little slime.
By Joshua Burns 1
From: Yosemite, ca
Jan 25, 2016
Just moved up here with my girlfriend and we decided to check out big rock today. The rock definitely needs a couple of days to dry off but seems like a decent neighborhood crag. We almost brought the dog but I'm glad we didn't!
It seems like there might be room for development at Big Rock, anybody know local policy about cleaning?
By CameraisHeavy
From: Everett, wa
Feb 16, 2016
According the Skagit park service they do not want anyone to use tools without signing a waiver. That said, I have never seen anyone but redneck bottle throwers up there and have never been approached or even noticed using a wire brush. I would not approach them to ask for a waiver either because Big Rock is not technically open to the public according to them. I have a hunch that this is also Liability related. I think if no one pushes the issue, access will hopefully remain the same as it has been for the last 30 years, mostly open.
By Kyle Elliott
From: Everett, WA
Aug 13, 2016
There is a shiny new NO TRESPASSING sign right at the beginning of the 15050 trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: New sign on 15050 trail
New sign on 15050 trail

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