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Lost Lake Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 2,500'
Location: 45.49756, -121.84211 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Micah Klesick on Jun 14, 2014  with updates from Mike Brady
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Best climbs for YOU in this area
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Going for the lip on one of the best in the area! ...


This large area is split into 5 different talus fields. Each area has dozens of boulders, ranging from V0-V10.
The boulders range from small (6'-8') to over 40' tall, a good many falling in the 12'-20' range. Everything from overhangs, roofs, slabs, and vertical faces exist here. The rock is very textured without being sharp. A lot of the holds here tend to be sloped, but very sticky due to the texture. (though there is no shortage of crimpy problems!) Very good quality boulders. Landings can be dicey in a few spots due to the talus field, so bring pads, and a spotter if possible. Also, there is no cell reception, so keep that in mind.
Boulders are about an hour and 45 min from Portland, going through Hood River.
Boulders have been developed by a wide variety of climbers. Grading standards seem to vary, so rather than worrying about grades, find a good looking line, and get on it, or clean a new one! Refer to maps for trails, and some of the boulders. A lot of boulders have been cleaned since the map was made, so go explore!
Most likely to be wet or under snow in the winter and spring. Good summer and fall climbing area for sure though!
Since the guidebook has come out there has been a lot more traffic up here. Please be respectful of cyclists and other drivers on the road as well as cleaning up after yourself at the camp and around the boulders. The regular climbers have been finding trash and seeing a lot of tick marks and have been cleaning them up, however, that should be something every climber takes care of themselves!
The rock is very porous and already showing signs of holds getting caked with chalk as well. Please brush off chalk the best you can, so that holds stay in good shape for other climbers.

Getting There 

Lost Lake Area. - google maps link to the boulders from Portland. Enjoy! Refer to posted maps for parking and trails.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.9 miles from here

52 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lost Lake Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lost Lake Boulders:
Quality Time   V0 4     Boulder   Extra Crispy Boulders : Quality Time Boulder
The Raven   V2 5+     Boulder, 18'   Oasis Boulders : Full House Boulder
Get Lost   V4 6B     Boulder   Roadside Attraction Boulder... : Roadside Attraction Boulder
Rewilding   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Rewilding Boulders : Rewilding Boulder
A.M. Yoga   V5 6C     Boulder   Extra Crispy Boulders : Babaharimoss boulder
Babaharimoss   V5 6C     Boulder   Extra Crispy Boulders : Babaharimoss boulder
Ultrasaurus   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Rewilding Boulders : Ultrasaurus Boulder
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Lost Lake Boulders

Featured Route For Lost Lake Boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Pat being determined.

Ultrasaurus V6-7 7A+  OR : Mt. Hood : ... : Ultrasaurus Boulder
Start sitting with left hand on the undercling and a right hand edge, move up and left with some powerful moves saving one of the best for the top out....[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

Photos of Lost Lake Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rewilding boulder
Rewilding boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: A few weeks ago I put up 5 new lines in this littl...
A few weeks ago I put up 5 new lines in this littl...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Phoenix
The Phoenix
Rock Climbing Photo: I think this was originally called "Endangere...
I think this was originally called "Endangere...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rewilding area
Rewilding area
Rock Climbing Photo: Sleepy hollow area
Sleepy hollow area
Rock Climbing Photo: Couple lines over a overhang. Sleepy hollow area
Couple lines over a overhang. Sleepy hollow area
Rock Climbing Photo: Full house boulder
Full house boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Lost Lake Boulders Area topo Map
BETA PHOTO: Lost Lake Boulders Area topo Map
Rock Climbing Photo: Roof boulder
Roof boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Extra crispy boulder area
Extra crispy boulder area
Rock Climbing Photo: New boulder problem in the "Rewilding" f...
New boulder problem in the "Rewilding" f...
Rock Climbing Photo: Here is the area before I started cleaning and bui...
Here is the area before I started cleaning and bui...
Rock Climbing Photo: The proudest line on this boulder "An Image T...
The proudest line on this boulder "An Image T...
Rock Climbing Photo: Roadside attraction area
Roadside attraction area
Rock Climbing Photo: Extra crispy area
Extra crispy area
Rock Climbing Photo: Road Cleared
Road Cleared

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By Mike Brady
From: Van Diesel, OR
Sep 28, 2015
Tip #1 Grinding chalk into footholds does NOT help your footwork or with friction.
Tip #2 Brushing holds off after using them DOES help with friction and its a nice thing to do for future climbers.
Tip #3 Tic marks ARE removable, so use that toothbrush that is attached to your chalk bag.
By Zak Erickson
Jun 15, 2014
This area looks amazing...
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Jul 7, 2014
There is also a good bit of useful info over at this site...
After checking out many of the other boulderfields close to Portland (Bridge Of The Gods, Cascade Boulders, Beacon Rock, Hamilton, Rocky Butte and Carver), I'd have to say this is by far the best option for anyone looking for quality and quantity! With enough boulders to keep you busy for months, a pristine surrounding, nearby camping (free and/or at Lost Lake Campground), a beautiful lake nearby to cool off after sessioning and snacks and cold beer at the Lost Lake General Store, Lost Lake Boulders are destined to become the #1 boulderfield around and gain attention from folks outside of the immediate area as well. After checking out the other spots, and being from the Southeast where there are endless boulders of high quality, I was a little disappointed with the Portland bouldering scene and now know why gym climbing is more popular...but this place is about to change the game! Thanks Micah for helping me explore my way around the area and talking this place up to me:)
By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
Jul 20, 2014
And a few little housekeeping notes:
I put the 5 main areas on the front page. Each area then lists each developed boulder as an area, so that you can add multiple lines to the same boulder, since many of these boulders are very large, and contain several lines. So if you add a new boulder, please list it as an "area" with the boulder name, and then add the lines to the boulder "area" if it warrants it. If there is only one line, then you can just describe the problem in the "area" description. And please add the areas in the correct field per the map on the front page! Make sure to post a picture, a location as well as you can, and if possible, please use the MP topo program to note the specific line on the boulder. Thanks and keep sending!!
By LittleGuy
From: Vancouver, WA
Apr 30, 2015
Heading up here tomorrow and must see boulders? I've never been before.
By Jesse Firestone
Jul 20, 2015
Couple things...

First of all, just an FYI that rangers have been handing out fire tickets this season. I haven't personally seen it, but seeing as how there were quite a few fires last year I thought I'd at least mention it.

Second, can we please take a serious step back from the extreme landscape destruction and manicuring of landings? Just wandering around, it seems like some folks think that this area is their personal playground and have completely forgotten the LNT ethic. As an outdoor user group, leave no trace should be at the top of our priority list.

Cleaning up ankle breakers is one thing.. but am I alone in thinking that moving literal tons of rock to pave the entire zone flat is unacceptable? If a landing is poor, either bring more pads or reconsider trying the problem.

- Crotchety local curmudgeon guy
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Jul 21, 2015
Not trying to pile on, but the chalk drawings are still excessive and obnoxious. If you need to draw a heart and initials (or any other drawings) on a rock, even with chalk, just stay in the gym. It's obvious outdoor climbing isn't right for you. Lost Lake is a magnificent bouldering area, in a pristine environment...please try to keep it that way!
By Mike Brady
From: Van Diesel, OR
Jul 24, 2015
The manufacturing of the landscape is a pretty big gray area out there. From it's initial development manicuring on a small and large scale have been the "accepted" practice and many lines would not be what they are with out it. I think that it comes down to the end result. The House boulder underwent a major (and by major I mean major) overhaul, but the end result is something that doesn't seem to have been through an upheaval.

Pretty much all the main boulders have had some major work done, some really thoughtful and some not so much...take the Roadside Attraction or White Rhino as examples of being a bit overly ambitious.

In the end, LNT in terms of PNW bouldering is so far from attainable that I think all we can do is think about what we are doing and ask ourselves if what we are trying to add is something of value and if it is worth the work and/or the alteration to the environment.
By Jesse Firestone
Jul 29, 2015
At the end of the day, the area is on NatFo land, right? I could be wrong on that. But if it is NF land, the building of sidewalks and landings is simply unacceptable and we run the risk of being shut down the first time a ranger with stout ethics catches a glimpse. It's happened in other NF areas.

Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way.. and thanks for the civil discourse. I hope we can all spread the word and do a great job of taking care of this resource!
By kyber
From: Portland
Jul 31, 2015
What about clearing out rocks not to make it safer but to make it doable? This last Feb. I went out on a surprisingly nice day and found a little overhang up behind Keystone Boulder somewhere that only had a tiny space to suck up into (like 2ft or so) so I moved a few rocks around and made it possible (still very tight though) and yeah I went ahead and turned a few rocks that had points pointing up to where they laid flat etc. so that if I did fall I wouldn't get jabbed in the back (its still tight enough to not be able to get a crash pad in there without dabbing your butt being a problem. Anyway I didn't think twice about it because it clearly (like your saying) seems that thats what people have been doing in the area and also, and this is just my opinion here (not trying to flame anything up), but its a scree field in the middle of nowhere with limited bouldering (at least without modifying it). Now if its not accepted by the Rangers then obviously we should do what's in the best interest of keeping the area open but if its okay with them and its just us I'd vote to clean and move things as long as its in the interest of development. I personally wouldn't wanna waste much of my own time on ultra huge safety landings but I'm definitely down to move rocks that are fairly easy to move and that present a real danger, make trails a little better or moving rocks that would open up a climb. That being said I don't cringe in the slightest when coming across those huge landings, I just wouldn't want to personally put in the work.
By Jesse Firestone
Aug 11, 2015
I think moving a few rocks to make something possible is fine. I just personally think there are rangers out there that would be pretty upset if they saw the amount of alteration that's been done in some areas, like the shady blocs at the top of the upper area. A lot of the alteration isn't even underneath climbable boulders. There's also some massive, obvious landings built, such as under the tall arete on the approach to that area. (Has that thing been cleaned and climbed yet?)

I agree zero trace would be an impractical goal. Right now we're under the radar as a user group and that's fine. But some day we won't be, and when a ranger does come poking around, it would be wise for us to have a united mentality of low impact..
By dzn4unme
Aug 13, 2015
I was able to get a quick session in at lost lake the past two days thanks to Pacific NW Climbing He is doing a great job covering local and mainstream climbing. I had a great time showing him and his homie the camp host around. There was an abundance of ticks on harder problems that could see some brushing but stoked to see all the chalk drawings gone. So stoke to climb with people who just want to have fun. Cant wait till it gets cold! There are so many new projects still to start.

#guidline#1, #guideline#3
By Pat Hagberg
From: California/ PNW/ Minnesota
Aug 18, 2015
so.... where is the v12??

cause.. Id like to try it.

By Mike Brady
From: Van Diesel, OR
Aug 20, 2015
Only thing I could think of that being would be this crazy problem Aaron put up at the bottom of the Sleepy Hollow area.
By dzn4unme
Oct 6, 2015
A few weeks ago I put up 5 new boulder problems in the field behind "Ultrasaurus". There is a warm up boulder next to the bigger block that we cleaned and added 2 "warm ups" to and then 3 harder lines on the big block next to it. The landings on the bigger block are a bit dogie so pads and spotters are needed. Enjoy!
By Nizate P
Nov 8, 2015
As someone that is admittedly too focused on numbers I can't help but ask if you have any thoughts on the grades of these new lines? Stay Off My Tip seemed in the 5 - 7 range. Haven't tried An Image to Injustice but it looks sick. One of the most aesthetic lines at Lost Lake.
By Mike Brady
From: Van Diesel, OR
Nov 9, 2015
I think I remember Matt calling it a 4. Haven't climbed it but maybe Aaron or Matt can chime in, or better yet add them to the site!!:)

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