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Salmon River Slab  

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Location: 45.2983, -121.9382 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: joet on Mar 31, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: Salmon Slab in its entireity.


This is a very small crag with only a handful of climbs, but it's worth visiting if you are climbing at French's Dome. All the climbs are bolted and range from 5.5 to 5.9. The Salmon River is right across the road (fishing?).

Getting There 

Take rte 26 to the town of Zigzag. Go south ~4 miles on Salmon River Road(2618). Salmon slab is on left and has a gravel area for parking.

Climbing Season

For the Mt. Hood area.

Weather station 6.3 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Salmon River Slab:
White and Brown Rice   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Camel Back   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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By Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
Aug 29, 2010
Be aware that there are/may not be rap rings for all routes. Check out the anchors from the ground before you climb.
By Mr. Holmes
From: Cascade West
Jul 23, 2012
Was out there this past weekend and several of the anchors are in need of replacment. Hardware from ASCA is on the way- stay tuned and back up yer swag!
By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
Sep 25, 2014
Does anyone know if the bolts that needed replacing were replaced?
By Dallas Tate 1
May 28, 2015
Was out a couple weekends ago and all three anchor bolts on Climbing Theme spin.
By Dan39
Aug 12, 2015
We were out at Salmon Slab Aug. 4, 2015, and the anchor bolts on Climbing Theme are still spinning. We also noticed a lot of loose rock. We've been to this site three times. We tried to clean as best we could, but there are some really big loose pieces, so we were hesitant to really pull on those. By the way, what is the correct protocol in that situation? One final note, the "easy" 5.5 route clear to the right as you are facing the slab really gave the two novice climbers in our group trouble. The problem is that the anchor is not lined up with the route, and a fall during the first half of the climb pulls the climber into a jagged declivity created by an earlier rock fall. I would suggest letting novices climb both Climbing Theme and the 5.7 route second from the left. Really not that much harder and seemed a lot safer.
By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
Aug 12, 2015
Yea, I haven't had time to go out and tighten them. Try bringing a wrench next time and tightening them down until they are snug.
As far as loose rock goes, removing it is advised as long as you can do it safely. Make sure no one is anywhere near, and all gear is moved. Then lower in from the top, make sure your rope is not under you, and then you can drop the block. IF SAFE. If you do that, please post here if it changed the route so others know.
By Dan39
Aug 26, 2015
Hey Micah, Thanks for the response and the advice about removing loose rock. Next time we head that way we'll try and remember to bring a wrench.
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