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Broughton Bluff Rock Climbing 

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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

102 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',54],['2 Stars',34],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Broughton Bluff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Broughton Bluff:
The Sickle   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   (2) Hanging Gardens
Edges and Ledges   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   (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 E1 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
Ecocide   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   (7) Jungle Cliff
Gorilla Love Affair   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport   (7) Jungle Cliff
Welcome to the Jungle   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   (7) Jungle Cliff
Pinhead   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   (3) Red Wall
Necromancer   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 100'   (7) Jungle Cliff
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
Bad Omen   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   (5) Bat Wall
Heart of Darkness   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   (7) Jungle Cliff
Bloodline   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   (5) Bat Wall
Manson Family Reunion   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   (5) Bat Wall
Bela Lugosi   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   (5) Bat Wall
Dark Tower   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 102'   (1) North Face
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Featured Route For Broughton Bluff
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric Schnepel on the low roof of Dark Tower.  flic...

Dark Tower 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  OR : Portland & The Gorge : ... : (1) North Face
Climb frodo's journey on the left side of the north wall, skip the anchors and head up a devious dihedral. Once you're into the roof, attack the first crux to a lip jug. Some 5.12 face moves just before the headwall requiring sidepulls and heel hooks. Entering the final headwall, small crimping sidepulls and weird feet protect the chains with the final "crux". It is a very large chance that you will fall on the last move at least once. Grade not confirmed....[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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Rock Climbing Photo: Kashmir    Red Wall, Broughton Bluff
Kashmir Red Wall, Broughton Bluff
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Wall, left side
Red Wall, left side
Rock Climbing Photo: 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 Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
Oct 8, 2015
If you're new to basalt, or otherwise unfamiliar with the crag, warm up on some easier routes. This place is infamously sandbagged, especially at the lower grades.

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