Rooster Rock Rock Climbing
Evening shot of Rooster Rock...best time to climb,...
Rooster Rock[previously known as "Cock Rock" for its phallic-like formation] is a basalt obelisk that sticks out right next to I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge.
Seen as good light trad practice or introduction for beginners to alpine-style climbing; Rooster Rock offers a 4th class scramble with a low 5th class finish that makes this one a favorite for a unique view in the gorge. A couple other variations and routes do exist however, but the rock itself can get easily crowded if there's even more than a singular climbing team out there. So, beware on nice sunny weekends...
Can be climbed year round, but more typically late spring once the rains slow down, and into late fall; as the rock can be extremely slippery once wet.
Also to note that this column is made out of Oregon's finest loose rock, so be very mindful of hand placements as well as protection; some rocks have kindly been marked with chalked X's, but do proceed with caution. Be mindful and wear a helmet!
Rooster Rock is located within the aptly named Rooster Rock State Park. From Portland, take I-84 east until you see signs for the state park[exit 25]; follow the directions, cross the bridge, and pay the $5 parking fee. Be aware that the park closes at dusk, and that cars have been trapped behind the metal gates before...
Try to get to the westernmost part of the lot near the bathrooms, and on foot cross the state park just east of the lagoon with a b-line directly to the interstate. There you'll find a fence that ramps upwards and westwards, and you'll get to walk on the other side of the barrier of the shoulder of the interstate. Walk on down just past the "Portland 22" mile marker sign, and keep your eyes peeled to the right for a trail that goes upwards into the bushes.
Follow the trail as it curves over to the west and brings you to dead end next to a massive tree.
Weather station 6.5 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Rooster Rock
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Featured Route For Rooster Rock
Classic Route 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c OR
: Portland & The Gorge
: Rooster Rock
Route starts with a 4th-class scramble up the left and curves to the right where you can find two sets of bolted anchors. There is now a single bolt along the way before reaching the chains. The older ones on the left is where most start or you can choose to move over to the newer ones, and begin their trad climb up and to the right in the obvious rock gulch; continuously curving rightwards. Towards the top you hit a ridge and cut back left to the anchor chains. Trad pitch is approxima...[more] Browse More Classics in OR