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Broughton Bluff  

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Comprised of around a dozen cliffs on the outskirts of Portland, Broughton Bluff provides easy access for the local urban climber. Many quality routes ranging from 5.6 topropes to 5.12 leads on Broughton’s jumbled basalt cliffs are available for climbers of all abilities.

Climbing is possible all year at Broughton but can be difficult in the winter due to damp and soggy conditions, unless you can climb 5.12. Late Spring, Summer, and Fall are best.

Getting There 

Broughton Bluff is located at the mouth of the Columbia Gorge near the town of Troutdale. Take I-84 East from Portland to the Lewis & Clark State Park exit, turn left at the stop sign and drive under the railroad bridge, then park in the parking lot on the left. Take the trail leading towards the hillside and follow it up for a few hundred meters to the cliffs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

69 Total Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',28],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Broughton Bluff:
Edges and Ledges   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   (2) Hanging Gardens
The Sickle   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   (2) Hanging Gardens
Classic Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   (3) Red Wall
Gandalf's Grip   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   (1) North Face
Sheer Stress   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   (3) Red Wall
Red Eye   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   (3) Red Wall
Superstition   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   (5) Bat Wall
Gorilla Love Affair   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport   (7) Jungle Cliff
Lost Boys   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 70'   (5) Bat Wall
Physical Graffiti   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   (3) Red Wall
Critical Mass   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   (3) Red Wall
Pinhead   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   (3) Red Wall
Closet Nazi   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   (6) Berlin Wall
Kashmir   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   (3) Red Wall
Dracula   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   (5) Bat Wall
Bloodline   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   (5) Bat Wall
Bad Omen   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   (5) Bat Wall
Bela Lugosi   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   (5) Bat Wall
Manson Family Reunion   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   (5) Bat Wall
Dark Tower   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 102'   (1) North Face
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Featured Route For Broughton Bluff
Gorilla Love Affair

Gorilla Love Affair 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  OR : Portland & The Gorge : ... : (7) Jungle Cliff
Gorilla Love Affair is a terrific climb on the left side of the Jungle Cliff. It is unusually clean for a Jungle Cliff climb, possibly due to its (relative) popularity. G.L.A. offers several strenuous but fun cruxes which are separated by good rests. A small cam can be placed after the last bolt before transitioning left onto the finishing slab (although the remaining climbing is fairly casual). ...[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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Kashmir    Red Wall, Broughton Bluff
Kashmir Red Wall, Broughton Bluff
Red Wall, left side
Red Wall, left side
Beautiful day at Broughton Bluff
Beautiful day at Broughton Bluff

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By Dannyr
Feb 14, 2006
Many areas in Oregon have poison oak, but Broughton is thick with the stuff. Watch out for it!
By Karsten
From: Sacramento, CA
Apr 14, 2006
Also, don't leave your stuff in the car. There have been numberous break-ins here with alot of gear getting stolen in the past. I myself have seen broken windows in the parking lot. It's sad but true. Just take everything with you or lock it up out of sight.
By doggy
Sep 9, 2008
WOW!! This is one of the best climbing areas in Portland. It offers a little bit of everything on good solid rock. The routes are interesting and fun...and although some may take a bit to figure out it'll only make you stronger.
By judee
Apr 5, 2014
When my wife and I were dating back in the mid 1950's, we used to climb to the top of the bluff via a path through some large boulders. At some time since then that area slewed off and is now called the Red cliff, or something like that. Back then, the park was just sand and gravel, and blackberry brush. People came there to shoot guns up against the cliff.
By Trent Williams Jr
From: Lakewood, CO
Jul 19, 2014
I was wondering if anyone knows what group was at this crag today? My wife and her friend were there early afternoon and a large group had placed signs for a meet up. They had taken control of all the top rope set ups and my wife and her friend weren't able to get any climbing in today.

Apart from that it sounds like there were many inexperienced climbers there. My wife saw people belaying improperly and another climber fell quite a ways on 'The Hammer' and he was pretty spooked after that.

I just can't imagine any group I know of that would behave this way. It sounds like they weren't following even the basic ethics that most climbers are taught from early on. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
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