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Three O'clock Rock

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20th Century Clock S 
Big Tree 2000 T 
Big Tree, The T 
Bushy Galore T 
Charlie Chan's Number One Suspect S 
Cornucopia  T 
Ginsu T 
Magic Bus T 
Masters of the Universe S 
Penny Lane T 
Pucker Up S 
Quin Konehead Pre-Memorial Route (aka The Kone), The T 
Rash, The T 
Road to Nowhere T 
Silent Running T 
Till Broad Daylight T 
Total Soul T 
Under the Bored Walk S 

Three O'clock Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 48.15921, -121.61707 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jon Nelson on Dec 30, 2013

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Several large, smooth, slabby buttresses, generally quite clean.

Getting There 

Drive a few miles southeast of Darrington on the (paved) Mountain Loop Highway. Take turnoff on right (#2060), just across from a campground. This gravel road is also known as the Clear Creek logging road. Drive five or six miles up this road. Stay right on the main fork at about five miles, and soon come to the Eightmile Creek Trailhead (parking on the left, sign and trail on the right).

The trail climbs steeply through second growth and soon enters tall trees. There are some impressive old cedars along the way and about forty minutes from the car the trail leaves the woods and crosses an old somewhat overgrown talus slope. The trail bumps right into the rock at the base of Silent Running (an excellent 7 pitch climb, 5.10a).

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.3 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Three O'clock Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Three O'clock Rock:
The Big Tree   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Under the Bored Walk   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
Till Broad Daylight   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
The Rash   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Magic Bus   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
The Quin Konehead Pre-Memorial Route (aka The Kone)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   
Charlie Chan's Number One Suspect   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 160'   
20th Century Clock   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
Silent Running   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 7 pitches, 900'   
Total Soul   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   
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Silent Running 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Washington : Northwest Region : ... : Three O'clock Rock
Classic climb that climbs the middle of the shield on Three O'clock Rock. All bolts are new and in great shape. The first six pitches go at 5.9+ and does not require doing the last pitch, which goes at 5.10b, as you rap the route you came up.Pitch #1 - 5.6: Climb from the low point of the slab from where the Eight Mile Creek Trail meets the cliff and goes along its base. There is a bolt about 20 feet above the right-facing dihedral. Then climb to the anchors. 170 feet.Pitch #2 - 5.8:...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By Michael Brogan
Apr 16, 2017
Has anyone ventured out to Three O'Clock Rock yet this year? I'm interested in road conditions to the parking area and amount of snow/water on the slab. I've never been out there this early in the season.
By Shaun Johnson
Feb 2, 2015
I am not sure if any bolts were replaced after the recent rockfall. I climbed Silent Running this last week. YES IN JANUARY! I only notice one that had been bent. It is located somewhere mid-route, it still looks fine, and it is still clip-able.
By Jennifer L
Jun 12, 2017
According to Weekend Rock WA: "The South Buttress of Three O'Clock Rock is reached via a path that leaves the main trail about 100 yards shy of the North Buttress and heads up and left through vine maples and granite blocks. This steeper spur trail reaches the bottom of the South Buttress a bit right of the obvious large crack of the Big Tree routes."

Finding the path is a bit tricky without going all the way up to the North Buttress and backtracking on the main trail. Approximate coordinates for the start of the climbers' path to the South Buttress: 48.160211, -121.616292.

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