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Bellingham Area 


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Lots to climb around Bellingham.


Getting There 

Bellingham lies an hour and a half from Seattle on the I-5 near the border to Canada.


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59 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bellingham Area:
Oyster Odyssey    5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 25'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
The DT Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Big Rock
Pale Young Eels   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Bolt Ladder 2 Variation    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 35'   Sehome Arboretum
Julia the Viking Queen   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Clicking Barnacles   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Julia's Outcrop (Governor L...
Lazarus 5.9   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Big Rock
The Dihedral    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 75'   Larrabee : Dihedral Area
Desperation Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 25'   Larrabee : Desperation
Valley of Bones   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Big Rock
Desperation Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 30'   Larrabee : Desperation
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Valley of Bones is located left of the vertical crack and horizontal crack. The chains for the route (located on the left - highest of the two peaks) are visible if you enlarge the photo. Fun, challenging short route. Well protected sport.

Valley of Bones 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  WA : Northwest Region : ... : Big Rock
Two Cruxes, First crossing 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 WA

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By Rafe
Sep 25, 2009

Sort of....

By Travis D.
Oct 14, 2009

well said, Rafe. Does anyone have information about the van zandt walls?

By Schoney
From: Joshua Tree
Dec 3, 2009

I need there to be rock in B Ham area. Just visiting, but i need my fix.

By Justin Slagle
From: Palm Desert, CA
Mar 2, 2010

Julia's Outcrop should be in the Bellingham Area climbing group. Check it out, couple of fun routes. Also, you can boulder down at Larabee State Park, some good problems there, and the crash pad is only needed for some of them, otherwise you're landing on sand.

By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
Apr 26, 2011

It's nice to see fotografs of Julia's Outcrop, a special place where my dog and I had the place largely to ourselves.

One question: How is the trail to the base / and the base holding up? Erosion, etc. was something I wondered about should the area get a lot of traffic.

Also, a big thanks to Scott Massey and other A.A.I. cohorts who have refurbished the hardware.

By smassey
From: CO
May 8, 2011

Well, Matthias, it seems like some uninformed people beat you to the punch. Now there's a new page under B'ham area. They didn't even bother to cut and paste my beta. Kids these days... I'll take a look at the trail when I'm up there this summer. The base was largely fine. The area to the right of Smoke on the Water is eroding a bit. I'll probably build a few steps there on a day off. I've got some ASCA hardware to finish up the rebolting work, so it should be buffed out soon.

By ianv
May 14, 2011

Be aware that the Lister crag is on private property. "Treading lightly" and making the Chuckanut Dr. end of the trail invisible is likely the best way to avoid complications. The nearest residence is at the top of the ridge, quite a ways uphill from the crag.

By smassey
From: CO
May 15, 2011

Duly noted, sir. Probably a good reason to keep the hand-drilling to a minimum. Thx for the beta.

By ianv
May 17, 2011

Noise from a large amount of drilling may draw unwanted attention, but for the most part, all the bolts that would need to be placed already have been placed. When I would visit this crag, I would park, and then wait until no cars were driving by before heading off the road up the trail. I was rather rudely informed by a passing volvo that the property was private (belonged to the driver) 4 years back, so I stated that I was unaware of this, turned around, and left as to not bring any attention to the area. Checked the facts on the county (Skagit) assesors page, and sure enough, pretty much all of the land in that area is private.

As for areas w/o access issues:
There is a bit of potential for more development up in the Chuckanuts on public (state park) land as well. I cleaned a few routes and most everything can be set as toprope with long webbing off of solid trees. Some decent bouldering potential as well that saw some activity back in ~2004. The area does not have the exposure to the sun that julias crag does and therefore stays wet for much longer.

By smassey
From: CO
May 18, 2011

Hmm, interesting. We should chat over a beer sometime when I'm up there.

I figured it was State Park land, but have always kept a low profile when going there anyway, especially re: the entrance to the trail. Thanks for doing the research.

By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
May 19, 2011

Well, that IS interesting. I thought it was logging company land.

Being cool while embarking on your hike up there is likely the best strategy to avoid detection.

Van Zandt had some real cool ice smears years ago; they were nice-looking steep slabs.

The Bat Caves have some old routes, but the approach is longish...

My favorite in-town location was the superb, dry bouldering inside the tunnel behind W.W.U. up on Sehome Hill. I TR'd a route at the East end which climbs the left side of the rock and over the tunnel entrance to the trail above.

By honeyjacket
Feb 7, 2013

I'm new to the area and was wondering if the wall to the east of larabee(above the pull off to the left just before you reach the park entrance) is any good/developed. The wall itself looks pretty tall, but is probably chossy I would assume. Thanks!