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The Big Tree is one of the first routes climbed in Darrington. "Big Tree I" has been revised slightly over the years, and most modern parties do not actually climb to the big tree itself.
Three O'Clock Rock is home to about thirty routes in addition to The Big Tree. To reach the crag, drive five or six miles up the Clear Creek logging road from the Mountain Loop Highway southeast of Darrington, and take the right (main) fork. In less than another mile, parking is found on the left and a bulletin board and trailhead sign is just off to the right. Hike the Eightmile Creek trail about two miles, at first along an old logging spur and through second growth but eventually entering big timber with some impressive old cedar tress. Just before reacing the crag, the trail exits the trees and crosses an old overgrown talus slope. Straight ahead the trail runs into and skirts the base of the North Buttress of Three O'Clock Rock; for the South Buttress, an unkept climbers trail heads up and left into the maples, part way accross this talus slope and 100 yards before the trail reaches the North Buttress.
Gear to 3" and long slings will be handy. The better location for the first belay has no chain or pre-set anchor, but you could belay at the rappel station.