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Coal Mnt. Crag Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: wakaranai on Jun 27, 2010


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A variety of climbing- cracks, bolted slabs, and overhangs. Original routes were put up in the 70's by Dallas Kloke and friends. The crag made a comeback in 2005-present and now hosts 50+ pitches between Coal and 7 Mile Rock. The rock quality ranges from bomber to choss. New route setters should be prepared to scrub the black lichen which coats many of the walls. With that said, underneath the lichen there are some high quality established lines and potential routes available. As of now the focus has been 5.6-5.12a but there are some steep looking walls for hard men and women in the future. Truthfully, I dont see many Seattle-ites driving past Index or Darrington to get out here, but for Mount Vernon/Bellingham locals it for sure has enough fun to kill a day or three.

Getting There 

From Seattle:
Take the College Way exit, Mount Vernon. Take a right on College Way. Drive through Mount Vernon on College Way (apox. 3 miles) to the Hwy 9 round-about. Take a left and head north on hwy 9 for 4.2 miles. Take a left on South Skagit Hwy. Follow this road along the river and through farmlands for 11.6 miles and take a right onto Cumberland/Finney rd. marked National Forest rd. 17 (dirt rd). Continue up this road always staying on the main one for 9.1 miles to an obvious pull-out on the right, blocked by some boulders. The short trail begins in-between the boulders and a gate. Head up and right through the forest to the base of the rock. Only a 4 minute walk.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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By CameraisHeavy
From: Everett, wa
Nov 21, 2010
Thanks. And Thanks for posting this area. I live near here and I did not know of it. I am looking forward to climbing adventures when the snow melts!
By wakaranai
From: Mount Vernon, WA
Dec 27, 2010
No problem, hope to see you out there, drop me a line when the snow melts.
By Rafe
Jan 17, 2011
Cool! Im stoked to check this out.
By Leroy
From: Cottonwood Heights
Oct 2, 2011
Climbed some routes on Flat Iron and Wise Wall (?) today, and hunted down 7 mile on the way out. Thank you google earth.

Any beta to share to get one started at 7 mile?
By wakaranai
From: Mount Vernon, WA
Oct 7, 2011
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To get to 7 mile... from the start of rd.17 go aprox. 7.5 miles to a spur rd that makes a sharp up and left. Take this to the top and park (please leave room for others). Look for a trail down and left. Slippter Slab is the furthest batch of climbs from the start of the trail (for now) and is identified by the corner Nosferatu reached by using a handline to a nice little perch. Almost all routes at 7 mile require some gear and its nice to have 0, 00 metoilus sized pieces on many of them. There are quite a few fun pitches to climb here now (5.7 to 5.12-) so check it out and enjoy!
Rock Climbing Photo: Slippter Slab
Slippter Slab
By wakaranai
From: Mount Vernon, WA
May 27, 2012
Road Fixed!
By Andrew Krueger
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 14, 2013
I'm going to go check out this area tomorrow after work to see what it's all about. Is there much potential for development of new trad routes there?
By wakaranai
From: Mount Vernon, WA
May 18, 2013
Did you get up there? I was at 7 mile a couple of days ago and the snow had melted all the way to the spur rd. I cleared some fallen alders but there is a big one or two that need to be cut. Ill get them next week. I bet with these rains the road might be clear now. As far as the wall is concerned, it looked good to go as soon as the rain stops. I'm guessing the other crags will need some time yet.

There is definitely more route potential at 7 mile and probably at coal too but they would likely be mixed, or bolted routes. The guidebook is really close to completion, I just need a few more pictures and then it's ready to print. They will carry it at the Mount Erie Store and Fairhaven Books and I hope to get it in Everett VW and Big Rock Cafe too. 200 pages and close to 200 routes including Erie select, Big Rock, Walker Valley Boulders, Umbrella Rock, Calendar Butte, Cumberland Crags (7 mile, Coal, and Iron Mt.) black and white print to keep the cost down. Until then if you ever want to take the tour or just go climbing I'd be happy to show you the existing lines, projects, and prospects. My email is Take care,

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