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Ozone Rock Climbing 

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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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

86 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',33],['2 Stars',32],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ozone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ozone:
Numb Nuts   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 95'   (9) New School Wall
Kung Fu   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   (4) Gold Wall
Helm's Deep   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 85'   (2) Middle Earth
Snake Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport   (3) Snake Wall
Party At The Moon Tower   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   (3) Snake Wall
Step Child   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 65'   {10} Mordor
Kamikaze   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 75'   (5) Old Tree Wall
Carrots for Everyone   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   (5) Old Tree Wall
May Day   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   (5) Old Tree Wall
Rauch Factor   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 90'   (6) Shield Wall
High Plains Drifter   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 75'   (6) Shield Wall
Tofutti Cutie   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   {10} Mordor
House of Pain   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   (2) Middle Earth
Chainmail   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   (6) Shield Wall
Route 66   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   {10} Mordor
Masterpiece Theatre   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 95'   (4) Gold Wall
MD Route   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   (6) Shield Wall
The Humbling   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   {10} Mordor
Grace   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   {10} Mordor
Angle of the Dangle   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   {10} Mordor
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Rock Climbing Photo: MD Route

MD Route 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  WA : Southwest Cascades : ... : (6) Shield Wall
This route is fairly short, with some easy moves right up to the crux. Grab a left hand pinch, fingerlock and handjam. Make a bizarre mantle move and yer pretty much done. This is a good climb to push your limit on, as the fall from the crux is super clean. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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By mark d
Jun 23, 2008
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.
By mark d
Aug 20, 2008
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 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!
By jtb
Aug 21, 2008
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
By Don J
Sep 2, 2008
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.
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!
By JeremyL
Apr 25, 2014
Just a heads up, my car got broken into at the Ozone trail head last week end. Apparently another car also had its window smashed. They didn't take anything (nothing in there to take), but still sucks. Make sure you don't leave anything visible inside.
By Michaell S
May 26, 2014
My car also got broken into at the Ozone parking lot as well as the car next to mine. They didn't take anything either, but still lame.I agree with the last comment, "Make sure you don't leave ANYTHING visible inside."

- Mike

By dmPete
Mar 3, 2015
My car was also broken into at the lower Ozone pull-out, August 2014. They didn't smash my windows, instead popped my passenger-side lock core into the door. Seems like there's constantly too much safety glass on the ground at this spot though, so echoing what the folks before me said: don't leave anything valuable in your car while you're climbing.

I haven't had any problems with break-ins here when I've arrived later in the morning (read: 9:30am or later). Fewer cars on Hwy 14 and fewer cars in the lot might be more inviting for folks to try a smash n grab...not that it won't happen later, but may be less likely. The day my car was broken into, I was at the crag at 8am.

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