A pleasant wall that offers a wide range of moderate climbs that are well shaded. Some loose rock is present, but the wall gets better as it sees more traffic...still a helmet is always recommended. Most of the routes are bolted, but many also require some traditional gear.
From Vancouver, Washington or the I-205 head east on State highway 14 on the north side of the Columbia River. The crag is slightly west of the high point in the road at mile post 23.75 and is on the south side of the highway (about 1/3 mile east of Belle Center Road). Park on a wide section of paved shoulder [third pullout west of the road high point] just past a funny sign on the left that reads "the gorge has gone to the dogs." Follow the narrow climbers trail from the roadside parking area the trail gradually descends into a thick forest of fir trees. The first steep cliff section at the far west end of the entire Ozone Wall is about 40' in height, but quickly becomes taller as you continue to descend down to the central portion of the crag.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ozone:
Ascend 15ft of easy terrain to a bolt on the right of an obvious roof. Burl through the roof and pull onto the arete (crux). After another tough move getting onto the face, easier ground follows above. Continue up and right to one last move below the anchor....[more]Browse More Classics in WA
The primary route developers at Ozone are in the process of drafting a guidebook which will likely be available by late summer or early fall 2008. The guidebook will initially be printed as a limited edition of 300 copies with ALL profit going toward medical expenses for one of the route developers and his family.
Guidebook Release Party and Fund-Raiser for Kevin Rauch
What: A celebration and release of limited edition guidebooks for the Ozone climbing crag to help raise money for Kevin Rauch and his family. Where: The Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby Street, Portland. When: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. Featuring: Limited edition Ozone guidebooks with proceeds benefiting Kevin Rauch and his family; silent auction; no-host bar and food; slideshow; much, much, more! More information: Visit www.ozoneguide.blogspot.com or call 503-290-4282.
Ozone is an 800-foot-long wall of beautiful basalt in the Columbia River Gorge that's been developed into a premier climbing area. One of the most influential developers of the crag, Kevin Rauch, was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. This guidebook, assembled by other Ozone developers and friends of Kevin's, and this event are all about raising funds and pooling support for Kevin and his family. Don't miss it!
This is really going to be a great event. The guidebook will be sweet, there's lots of cool stuff being donated for the silent auction — climbing gear, yoga lessons, acupuncture, etc... — and it's all for a great cause. Please spread the word and stop on by the Lucky Lab in NW Portland on Oct 1! And for updates and more, check out www.ozoneguide.blogspot.com.
I just discovered Ozone this weekend. Great place!! I'm guessing that as more people 'discover' it the access trail is going to go in the crapper. I would like to find a contact that I could work with to get the trail in order so after the winter rain hammers it, it will be in shape and perhaps keep the USFS happy. thanks, don j
By matt bruton From: Colorado Springs, Colorado Sep 6, 2008
Good to hear more people getting excited about Ozone walls. I climbed there a lot this spring and last summer. The guide book benefit sounds sweet, I can't make it(move to CO. in June) but i'll spread the word to friends in the northwest. -Pack out the Lab and climb on!
Ozone wall is such a small crag, do we need to have these tiny, somewhat arbitrary sectors dividing the place up? Heaven's Wall, Shield Wall, Middle Earth, gimma a break. How would people feel about eliminating the 'areas' at Ozone wall on Mountain Project and grouping all the routes together by orientation?