Entries from 'Rock Climbing'

Cascade Boulders

Cascade Boulders are a collection of boulders both large and small that dot the landscape near Cascade Locks, Oregon.  If you live in Southwest Washington or Portland, Oregon this playground for climbers is one of the closest bouldering areas to PDX.  You can leave town, be bouldering in just over 30 minutes from the city,…

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Portland Bouldering

Portland bouldering is much better than it was a decade or even 5 years ago.  A new wave of development has taken place for climbers in Portland, Oregon, Southwest Washington, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Mount Hood and Hood River vicinity.  A few years ago rock climbers only knew about Carver, the Schwingus, Rocky…

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Horsethief Butte

About the Park Horsthief Butte is a 500 foot high basalt cliffside that makes a giant Butte adjacent to the Columbia River.  The butte is often windy and a great spot for breathtaking views of the Dalles region of the Columbia River Gorge.    The Butte has Petroglyphs that are located trailside and this area around…

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Frenches Dome Hike and Climbing

Frenches Dome is located Mt Hood and is a popular rock climbing area for Portlanders as well as a very short hike–actually its more of a .5 mile hike around the rock.  even though the hike here is limited it is worth checking out this fantastic geologic feature.  Frenches Dome is the remnants of an…

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The Bypass Climbing Area

The Bypass is a climbing area also known as the Dump.  This rock climbing area is almost exclusively a sport climbing area with over a dozen sport routes.  The area is located in White Salmon and is only a few minutes from Hood River /Stevenson area.  The area is short and under 70 feet tall…

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Larch Mountain Washington

  Yes, Larch Mountain Washington not Larch Mountain Oregon.  It’s easy to confuse the two but the Larch on the Washington side of the Columbia River has just as good, if not better, hiking and wilderness exploring as the Oregon Larch.  Larch Mountain is located just east of Vancouver and above Washougal.  This area has…

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Broughtan Bluff Rock Climbing

History of Broughtan Bluff Broughtan Bluff Rock Climbing area is named after lieutenant William Broughtan who was involved with the George Vancouver expedition of Columbia River in a vessel called the Chatham.  They were the first Europeans to explore this part of the Columbia River Gorge.  In the early 20s Girl Scouts named the cliff…

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Government Cove

Overview There is a beautiful cove that lies next a Peninsula near Wyeth, Or. This is called Government Cove. It is on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge and has a great island feel to it. You can park at a gate just off I-84 and hike around this picturesque peninsula. There is a…

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Beacon Rock State Park

Beacon Rock is a large cliff that is located along the shores of the Columbia River 30 minutes from Washougal Washington on highway 14.  The large stone monolith is one of the best features in the Columbia River Gorge to visit.  A one mile climb lets you scale the stone fortress via old ladders and…

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Ozone Climbing Area

  Ozone is a rock climbing area perched high above the Columbia Gorge in Washington.  This area is one of the most popular and arguably the best spot to climb in the Portland metro–arguably.  Ozone has over 80 established routes and the nearby–by nearby I mean 5 minute walk east–Far Side cliff.  Ozone has many…

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