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.
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.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ramona Creek Crag:
Climbs the crack between The Head and the main wall. The top of the head is about half way up the wall, where there is a fixed pin to rap from. Note: never trust your life to a single piece of fixed gear. Back up rappels when necessary.Beautiful stone!...[more]Browse More Classics in OR
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...
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.
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.