This is very important to remember, and the rules associated with climbing here must be respected if it is to remain open to climbers. In order to climb or boulder at this area you must sign a waiver and pay a one-time $8 fee at the Portland Rock Gym. Be sure to carry photo ID with you when you're at the area. Respect the land owner's property, don't litter, don't add or remove any bolts without permission, etc. It would be a big loss to the Portland climbing community if Carver were to be closed to us so do your part to keep it open and accessable.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
Like Broughton Bluff and Rocky Butte, Carver is a popular Portland crag. It's a bit more of a drive from the downtown area than the other crags but it's still popular on the weekends and after work in the summer. It is comprised of a single cliff band approximately 80ft. high with a bunch of boulders scattered on the hillside below.
This area is located in the small town of Carver, Oregon. From the Portland area take I-205 South towards Clackamas and get off at Exit 12A (watch for signs to Hwy. 212 East). Take 212 for approximately 3 miles until 224 splits off to the right to Carver. Go through town and veer right to cross the bridge over the river. Take a left at the 'T' intersection on the far side of the bridge.
There are two options for parking: The first is a small pullout on the right immediately after the bridge. There is room here for around 3 cars and a small trail leads directly to the boulder field from here. The other option is the large parking lot next to the river about 100m down the road on the left. There is a $3 fee to park here on weekends and hollidays. DO NOT park on the left (river) side of the road! Park only in the small pullout on the right or the big parking lot.
It is preferable to take the main trail and not the one leading up from the small pullout. It's a very well-maintained and engineered trail, and it'd be best not to have too many people bushwacking up through the forest.
Yesterday, every single car parked there had a $40 ticket. Pay the $3 to park in the big lot. If it is full (like yesterday), you can find free parking on Hattan Road, just past the big parking lot. Just a heads up. Someone driving by told me police love to give tickets to those parked on the shoulder, and he was right!
Went to Carver for the first time last weekend. We just parked in the Inn parking lot. The owner was there and said parking was free, just park in the back corner gravel lot. No need to pay $3 for the river lot.
Spoke with Mr. Rosenbaum briefly on Saturday. He let us know (very nicely I might add) that he’s wanting climbers to park somewhere other than the Stone Cliff In parking lot on Friday and Saturday evenings after 5pm. This includes the gravel back lot. That is unless you plan on having dinner at the restaurant.
You can now purchase Carver climbing cards at the Source Climbing Center in downtown Vancouver. Make sure you go to this website first www.carverclimbingclub.org and fill out the waiver to take with you when you go to get a card.