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Climbing and Mountaineering in Mt Hood Territory

Mt. Hood and its surrounding territory offer climbing for every type 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. Easy to difficult, this area has climbs and boulder problems rated for all skill levels and requires a climbing permit.

Other climbing areas include French’s Dome, Salmon River Slab, The Swine (aka Enola Hill), Ramona Creek Crag and Coethedral.

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Government Camp, OR
Stands on Mt. Hood at about 9500’ and has at least 5 rock routes on it. Basalt slabs and cracks are blasted and raw, locked in snow and...
Region: Mountain
Zig Zag, OR
This peaceful crag overlooks the town of Rhododendron and sees little traffic. It has thirty or so good routes to do and several classics, such as Opal’s Arete...
Region: Mountain
88149 E Creek Ridge Rd, Government Camp, OR 97028
The leading recreational outfitter and guide service for Mt Hood and beyond. Winter: snowmobiling, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, sleigh/carriage rides, free information center, equipment rentals, retail and guided tours....
Region: Mountain
16200 Block SE Hwy 224, Damascus, OR 97089
Privately owned cliff with great opportunities for bouldering and sport or traditional climbing. Climbers must be members of the Carver Climbing Club. Climbers must sign a waiver to...
Region: Mountain
16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR 97055
French’s Dome is an andesite crag on the flanks of Mt. Hood near the town of Zig Zag. The dome rises out of the middle of the forest,...
Region: Mountain
29111 Town Center Loop W, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Open Year Round RAIN or SHINE. The Family Fun Center and Bullwinkle's Restaurant has something for everyone! Enjoy Go Karts, Lazer Tag, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages,...
Region: Valley
Zig Zag, OR
This small but fun climbing area nearby French’s Dome is located on the Salmon River and has great river access. Everything is bolted. Routes range from 5.5 to...
Region: Mountain
27500 E Timberline Rd, Government Camp, OR 97028
National Historic Landmark was built during the 1930s as part of the WPA program. Located at 6,000' level of Mt. Hood, it offers skiing and boarding on 1,000+...
Region: Mountain
12160 SE 82nd Ave, Clackamas, OR 97086
REI is an outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. The store provides...
Region: Urban

Nearly 200 ft. tall, over a 1/4 mile long, and receives sun all day. Only a few routes have been climbed. Consequently, loose rock is present on the...
Region: Mountain