This is a relatively recently developed area located about an hour East of Portland in the Columbia Gorge.
Right now the best place to get information on these boulders is with the employees of The Circuit gym in Portland. As word gets out info will be put up here.
Take I-84 East from Portland to the Bridge of the Gods, or take Washington's SR 14 to the bridge. Travel a bit East of the bridge (200m or so) and take the first left on to Ash Lake Rd.
Follow this road 1 mile to a fork, and take the left fork dirt road uphill. Continue up, passing under some power lines. Just after the powerlines theres's a turnout with a campground to the right. The lower bouldering area is scattered here.
To continue to the main area keep going straight past the campground;a little past the last powerlines there's a good dirt road that branches off to the right. Take this until it splits-- take the left fork. Take this road for approximately 1 mile, and take the first right which will quickly lead to a dead end; I built a nice cairn here to mark the turnoff. This parking lot is 1.1 miles from the power lines. Park here, and take the trail straight downhill.
The trail will first go over a talus field, then through some trees and through a ravine; there are a couple of outlying boulders in this ravine. The trail continues up out of the ravine and throught the forest to yet another talus field. Go straight through this field and veer to the left into the large clearing to the main area.
Starting with a long righthand toss with abysmal feet to a good sidepull, this problem gets right to business. After the powerful initial move you'll face a series of slaps up the sloping overhanging arete with your left hand, some tricky crimps with your right, and more miniscule footholds. The topout is blissfully straightforward but still difficult....[more]Browse More Classics in WA
I put some photos up for the problems that are in here in addition to improving the driving directions. I know the ratings on a bunch of the other problems out there but I have no idea what they're called so I'll hold off on putting them in for now.
I built a few more rock cairns out there today-- one at the corner of the last turnoff to the parking lot and a couple on the trail. There's a lot of poison oak growing out there now!
I tried to find this place today...no dice. I think I found the lower bouldering area...probably not worth the drive. If you're dying to go here I suggest going with someone who knows how to get there.
Found it last weekend. The rock cairns were gone at the turnouts but are intact on the trail down to the boulders. I put another cairn up at the final turn into the parking lot area. I piled the rocks on a stump on the uphill side of the turnout so hopefully they will last. Otherwise the directions all made sense. Only things I can add is the first turn off of Ash Lake Rd onto the "uphill dirt" is a right not a left turn. I was also a little unsure about the final Y,,,there was a road leading off to the left that I initally mistook for the Y. The correct Y is more distinct and just a bit further. Lastly if you go past the turn to the parking lot you will hit another Y in the road about 100yards after. Nice if more people started going and finding more routes under the moss. SWEET spot and a nice night camping with the local bear.
I'm curious if there is a consensus on the "proper line" for Lotus Throne and Upsetter. When I did Lotus I went right at the top into the mantel of The Upsetter. Same for The Upsetter; I pulled the mantel rather than traverse the entire boulder. It wasn't until I noticed a topo posted that going left to topout crossed my mind. It seems to me that the two exits are different enough to warrant a variation of each problem. As far as grades Lotus felt like a 10 going right while Upsetter an 8 when not traversing the entire boulder. Anybody have any thoughts?