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Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister Cliff)

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Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister Cliff)  


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Location: 48.6238, -122.4484 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Charnie on Aug 8, 2010
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Description 

Also known as Governor Lister Cliff, this is a little sandstone cliff just above Chuckanut Drive. It is an overhanging wall with multiple routes for sport climbers. Lots of bolted up routes. Usually fairly uninhabited during the weekdays and even on the weekends you might see a handful of people there. Climbs range from 5.6 to a 5.11c and from 30 to 70 feet. Some of the rock even stays dry during rainy weather! Great place for a day trip.

Getting There 

From Bellingham, take Chuckanut Dr south past Larrabee St Park, go a little past mile marker 12 (0.2 mi, just around a sharp bend) and you will see a turn off on a corner marked with arrows.

Pull over to the right and park. Cross the road to the giant boulder and go up the trail. The trail meanders up gullies, crossing creeks over mossy old growth logs, then has a few switchbacks and a mossy slab. Go up the fixed rope and then the trail levels out and you'll be there. Turn left here to contour to the base. 15 minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.2 miles from here

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',5],['5.10',2],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister Cliff):
Oyster Odyssey    5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 25'   
Pale Young Eels   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Julia the Viking Queen   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Clicking Barnacles   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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The Goddess, The Viking Queen . . .
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Working "5 Deadly Venoms" the rock here is soooo fun
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Julia the Viking Queen... on the rock I touched mid-section above, and then it fell.
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younger days...
Mikey on "Saffron Spider" those flakes refuse to break
Mikey on "Saffron Spider" those flakes refuse to b...
This is the trail head from the road. The two massive logs are covering the trail's entrance.
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The man, the legend
The man, the legend

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By laurichj
Oct 12, 2009
Here's a rough map showing the turnoff and trail. It was done with a cell phone's GPS so take it with a grain of salt.

Rough trail map
By Jason Chinchen
From: Bend, Oregon
May 24, 2010
These are the worst route descriptions ever. I have no idea what I climbed...Not really worth the hike either.
By smassey
From: CO
Jun 22, 2010
If folks are climbing here, beware the new third bolt on Smoke on the Water. It is placed in a large detached block by persons unknown. Also, that route is not completely bolted - see description for specifics.
It would be great if the person who placed the new bolts could PM me. It would be nice to finish rebolting the rest of this fun crag, but we should discuss proper bolt placement. Cheers, Scott
By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
Jun 23, 2010
All you folks enjoying this little gem of a cliff, don't forget to donate to Scott Massey for his rebolting efforts and expenditures. And post some fotografs of your fun-I'd love to see them! Thanks!
By smassey
From: CO
May 8, 2011
Great little crag! Thanks to Matthias Holladay for putting these routes up! Just a heads-up for those who may climb Smoke on the Water. The 3-bolt 5.8 version is the retro-bolted start to the full route, which feels about 11c. Also, the now 3rd bolt was placed in a detached block, so I would not recommend falling on it. If anyone is interested in helping with the rebolting work, feel free to PM me. I'll be in the Ham this summer with a Bosch and a pile of ASCA hardware. BTW, if these routes feel scarier than sport routes, it's because they're trad climbs. Even if they are mostly bolted, they were put up with a trad mindset, so you have to know how to place gear on quite a few of these routes.
scott

ps. So I don't have to rewrite every comment about these routes, if you would like more relevant beta, feel free to consult Matthias' original Julia's Outcrop page.
By smassey
From: CO
May 9, 2011
I don't mind updating beta. If you and the other lads can figure out how it should be handled administratively, I'll post some more pix, as I can, and update the beta.
Haha, I've got a 1/2"x5" SS bolt for the crux of Smoke on the Water. That route is so cool. Plus, I've got a mess of other SS, which should be nice, given the climate there.
By michael faith
From: Bellingham, WA
Jul 10, 2013
Bring a helmet. Every now and then holds pop off.
By travis lang
Aug 22, 2013
Be careful on the approach to the cliff! While leaving the other day from the cliff we discovered a rather large nest bees/wasps. The nest seems to be under the roots of the large tree at the top of the roped section and movement from the rope is enough to draw them out in rather large numbers. Anyone planing on climbing here soon should take cation or bring a can of raid.
By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
Dec 30, 2013
Discovering the cliff from my kayak whilst on a paddle, the outcrop got it's name from Julia, my lovely wife and partner in life.
By Calvino
From: Bellingham, WA
Jan 9, 2014
New routes and anchor replacement has been going on this year. Lots of 5.fun climbing, a warm up sport lead far left goes at 5.5, a sweet 5.12(?) through the roof right of saffron spider, and an extension to clicking barnacles. Anyone want to make a topo, so that people have a chance of knowing what route they are on?
By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
Jan 28, 2014
That'd be great, as well as fotografs of routes from the trees opposite the cliff . . . Ah, Julia-- X O !
By Jon Nelson
Administrator
Feb 3, 2014
I moved individual comments over here from a duplicate posting except those from 2009 and before. Comments from 2007 through 2009 are reproduced below:

By Scott Clifford
From: Tallahassee, FL
Nov 19, 2007
Be careful leaving your car here. People enjoy breaking windows and stealing valuables from cars left on Chuckanut (even in daylight hours).

By smassey
From: CO
Jul 6, 2009
There will be a little anchor replacement going on here this summer. If anyone actually climbs here, any donations towards hardware would be appreciated. Feel free to drop them at the AAI shop.

By smassey
From: CO
Jul 19, 2009
Surprisingly decent climbing. Kind of thought-provoking movement. A good stop if you're in the area. Also, if the folks using it could pack out their cigarette butts, that'd be great.

By Justin Slagle
From: Palm Desert, CA
Jul 23, 2009
Was up there the other day, a guy was there replacing a lot of the old bolts and hangers. Only had time for a couple routes, did grog supply and saffron spider, the climbs seemed legit for their grade, might even bump them up a grade each. Great climbs though, good times.
By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
Feb 3, 2014
Thanks to admin (Jon) for working on this site!