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Coal Mt. Crag Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,600'
Location: 48.44095, -121.95135 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: CameraisHeavy on Jun 24, 2013
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Wise Up Wall (left side)


A variety of secluded sub-alpine 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. Good long cracks for western WA and a short approach make this area a gem.

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.

Other notable contributors 

This page was originally made by "Wakaranai" in 2010 as a single crag, and some of the text was copied over to this multi-crag page.

Andrew Davidson pointed out the duplication in areas and which routes from the original page had not yet been duplicated here.

Climbing Season

For the Cumberland Crags area.

Weather station 12.4 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]

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Photos of Coal Mt. Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Ultra Basic
Ultra Basic
Rock Climbing Photo: Wise Up Wall (left side)
Wise Up Wall (left side)
Rock Climbing Photo: Sun Sets on another grand adventure at Coal Mt.
Sun Sets on another grand adventure at Coal Mt.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mountain Mist
Mountain Mist
Rock Climbing Photo: This has three bolted lines on it.  Some of the li...
BETA PHOTO: This has three bolted lines on it. Some of the li...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brian on top of It's All Fun and Games Until the S...
Brian on top of It's All Fun and Games Until the S...
Rock Climbing Photo: I think this is wise Crack? 5.7+
BETA PHOTO: I think this is wise Crack? 5.7+
Rock Climbing Photo: Brandon on "Sweet And Sour"
Brandon on "Sweet And Sour"
Rock Climbing Photo: Martin at the P1 crux of "Right On" at 7...
Martin at the P1 crux of "Right On" at 7...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kara jamming the top of "Pretty Mouth"
Kara jamming the top of "Pretty Mouth"
Rock Climbing Photo: Darrell on p2 of "Right On" at 7 mile ro...
Darrell on p2 of "Right On" at 7 mile ro...

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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?

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