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From the top of Big Rock @ Rocks of Sharon


A cluster of granite out-croppings overlooking the Palouse of Eastern Washington and Idaho. The 20 minute uphill hike is well worth doing to reach the 60+ climbs. Chicken-heads and pockets tend to be located just where you would want them, and quite often result in dynamic moves on very overhanging rock.
The area hosts sport, trad and mixed climbs, plus some bouldering. Many well protected routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.13 in a beatiful location that tends to feel quite secluded, even though you are only a half hour drive from Spokane.

From the junction of the Palouse Hwy and 57th, drive 5.5 miles and turn left on Stevens Creek Rd. Continue past Sharon Rd. and Big Rock Rd. (about 2 miles). Look for the parking lot on your left.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

45 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rocks of Sharon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rocks of Sharon:
Turkey Heads   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Bird Watching Boulder
Highland Malt   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Big Rock : South Face
Around the Horn   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Big Rock : South Face
Satori   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Big Rock : West Face
Northern Aggression   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Big Rock : East Face
New Traditions    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Triplets
The Thrill of Krell   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches   Big Rock : West Face
A Perfect Storm   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Big Rock : West Face
Council of Elders   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 190'   Big Rock : West Face
No Egrets   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   The Bird Watching Boulder
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Featured Route For Rocks of Sharon
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting into the business on Chronic Rookie

Chronic Rookie 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Washington : Northeast Corner & Spokane : ... : The Rookie Wall
Some mid 10 intro moves for 3 bolts lead to a spectacular rest. After the rest it becomes 3 more bolts of incredibly fun and powerful moves between large holds. A must do for the area!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By Swithich
Apr 21, 2011
Just a quick FYI on the climbing here. I broke two or three holds here last June. The rock is very brittle and if you fully weight a hold in the wrong spot it can break off. Be aware of this when climbing as often the worst time to break a hold is when you have it fully weighted.
By Marlin Thorman
From: Spokane, WA
Apr 26, 2013
There is a new guidebook out for the Rocks of Sharon. It was just released a few months ago and is a 39 page paperback on solely this area. It is called "Climbing the Rocks of Sharon" by Aaron Henson, Bob Ordner, Eric Barrett, and Jon Jonckers. The local Mountain Gear in Spokane currently has copies.
Apr 6, 2015
North access parking lot is Iller Creek: 47.593820 -117.273180
South access paring lot is Stevens Creek: 47.570182 -117.288705

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