Ramona Creek Crag Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The center of the Ramona Creek cliffline
A beautiful pink cliff in Mt. Hood National Forest, this area receives sun all day.
Only a few routes have been climbed here, so loose rock is present on the unclimbed lines- especially above the talus field where the cliff is actively shedding flakes. Unclimbed rock in the forest at either end is very solid, but requires some gardening.
Nearly 200 ft. tall and a over a 1/4 mile long, this area could support many more routes and become a wonderful 'backcountry crag' with an easy, flat approach.
ADMIN NOTE: Reminder that this area is in the Mt Hood Wilderness, which means all bolts must be drilled by hand, and all fixed gear (anchors) must be natural colored slings.
The approach takes a casual hour on a well established and flat trail.
Any internet search or hiking guide book will get you to the trailhead for Ramona Falls (I'll leave this sleuthing to you). Take all left branches in the trail to reach the cliff without backtracking-- the trail is a loop though, so you can't really get lost. The cliff will be impossible to miss while hiking the trail, it's location is even mentioned in most guidebook descriptions of the trail.
Climbing Season For the Mt. Hood area.
Weather station 7.0 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Ramona Creek Crag
Finding Sticks V5 6C OR
: Mt. Hood
: Ramona Creek Crag
The route is up for options on the grading but I see a V5 as fit. Using the arete for all of your left hand and foot moves and 2 right handed moves this problem involes a bit of everything. Crimp, heal hook, edging, partial dyno.The crux involves 2 moves. 1st crux matching right foot to left involves tight core as well as flagging. 2nd crux is the 2nd to last move which comprises of a dynamic right hand throw to an slopper. Great rock quality noting flakes. The last crux to a while to figure out...[more] Browse More Classics in OR
Aug 2, 2010
went and checked this out close up yesterday (with gear) -- nice looking wall from a distance but too dicey for my taste. The main wall has huge blocks of fresh scree at the base with more above being held together with nothing more than moss and dirt just waiting to let loose...
By Aaron Hartig
Oct 13, 2010
check out last weekend, very interesting area. If the rock was a little more secure it would have been one of the top areas around, but the fact that the rock is crap takes away from the place. There is potential for some fun trad lines but much cleaning needs to be taken place. Its scary to see such huge flakes that look like they have just fell before we got there. There could be potential for some tough bouldering there, areas need to be cleaned up.
Oct 27, 2010
The rock isn't really dirty... there's just a death flake here and there (and there, and right over there too)!
The two lines I that I put up had very little loose rock. I bailed off a third when I got to a refrigerator-sized knife that moved when I touched it. I tried to rap in and clean it, but even that was a bit spicy! I'm sure there's more plums to be picked, they just might require some work or some luck.