Mt. Hood and its surrounding territory offer climbing for every type and ability of climber. The options include an indoor rock wall, outdoor bouldering, sport, trad, and multi-pitch climbs, alpine climbing and high-altitude mountaineering and even ice and mixed climbing.
Mt. Hood is the second most climbed mountain in the world and attracts more than 10,000 climbers annually. The 11,245’ summit is reached via a number of technical routes and can be done as independent groups or with a guide service. Best conditions are spring to early summer.
Carver Bridge Cliff and boulder field offer some of the best outdoor rock climbing experiences within easy reach from Portland. This area has climbs and boulder problems rated for all skill levels and requires a climbing permit. The newly opened Madrone Wall Park offers a challenging climbing wall with sweeping views of the Clackamas River and is a delight to the areas avid climbers. Other climbing areas include French’s Dome, Salmon River Slab, The Swine (aka Enola Hill), Ramona Creek Crag and Coethedral.