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Known to Willamette Valley locals for years, The Garden is one of the state's best bouldering areas. Tucked away in the forest near Sweet Home are a few collections of gigantic boulders with many great problems and potential for many more.

The area is generally separated into two areas: the main area and the Armageddon area. The main area is more developed although there is a ton of potential at both. There is some sport climbing here as well on a few 30-50ft. cliffs.

The rock in this area is generally quite good. There are lots of slopers and the problems are similar to those found up at Squamish. The cruxes of the problems tend to come towards the top due to the sloping rounded nature of many of the boulders.

Be sure to bring some sturdy brushes when climbing here-- there is a ton of moss on the boulders and due to seeing relatively little traffic they get overgrown quickly. Somewhere underneath all the moss there are undoubtedly plenty of yet to be discovered problems.

Getting There 

Take Hwy. 20 East through Sweet Home. Drive through town and past the lake. Look for a sign to Quartzville and the fish hatchery and take the left turn. The parking for the main area is 4.3 miles from the turnoff. There are two prominent uphill dirt roads at about this distance; the first one goes to the Armageddon area and the second (better quality) road leads to the main area. Parking for the main area is 50m up this road at the big sweeping left turn. Take the trail down into the forest from here to reach the boulders.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Garden:
Mole   V0-1 4+     Boulder, 10'   The Garden Boulders
Showboat   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   The Garden Boulders
Bitchslap   V2 5+     Boulder, 8'   The Garden Boulders
Trust   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 12'   The Garden Boulders
Swollen Member   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 5'   The Garden Boulders
The Ear   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   The Garden Boulders
The Locksmith   V4 6B     Boulder, 35'   The Garden Boulders
The Siren   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   The Garden Boulders
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Featured Route For The Garden
Working up to the inverted V pinch on The Siren.

The Siren V5 6C  OR : Willamette Valley : ... : The Garden Boulders
An excellent problem with a lot of movement. Works up the stand alone prow near Garden Variety. Start low and heal out right on a good ledge. From there work up to the inverted V pinch and left to the arete. From there it is a long committing move to the slopers on the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

Photos of The Garden Slideshow Add Photo
The Ear
The Ear
The bread and butter.
The bread and butter.
Entry to the Garden
Entry to the Garden
One of the first boulders you come to at the Garde...
One of the first boulders you come to at the Garde...
V4 at the Garden
V4 at the Garden
Undertow Boulder  harder than V3 variation of Unde...
Undertow Boulder harder than V3 variation of Unde...
Daniel pulling a mossy mantle deep in the Garden.
Daniel pulling a mossy mantle deep in the Garden.
Kip on an unknown boulder at the Garden
Kip on an unknown boulder at the Garden
Regina pulling into the sun.  It's a V3 traverse t...
Regina pulling into the sun. It's a V3 traverse t...
Trust V3
Trust V3
The Garden is the patch of trees marked in this Go...
The Garden is the patch of trees marked in this Go...

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By corvegas
From: the depths of oregon
Apr 28, 2006
This area is on private land be respectful. Place bolts by hand, dont leave fixed ropes. As of 4/10 ago someone had left their rope fixed in the main area for a while. If your cleaning, at least clean your rope when you leave.

Also dont place bolts where they dont need to be, they will probably wind up getting chopped.
By matt w
Jul 2, 2007
Does anybody know about development at the cliffs? are there access issues?
By Ian G.
From: PDX, OR
Apr 21, 2009
Weyerhauser land if I remember correctly (could be wrong).
By Steven Wright
Aug 1, 2009
question: is anyone aware of a guide book for Oregon bouldering locations (ie The Garden and Carver)??? I've checked local climbing gyms and the REI's around the area to find a possible Oregon bouldering book, have havent found anything......
By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Aug 1, 2009
There is a new bouldering guide for Carver coming out soon (it's done, and it should be released in the next month or so), but I'm not aware of a guide for all of Oregon's bouldering areas.
By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Jun 29, 2010
I'll approve the comments regarding the "real" names and grades for these problems, with one piece of Administrator advice:

If you write an "underground" guidebook, don't get all annoyed when people don't know about it and follow its conventions. Lots of people climb at The Garden who are totally unaware of any guidebooks, especially undergound/secret/low-profile ones..
By Eric Brown
From: Corvallis, oregon
Jul 4, 2010
So....I'm not sure that this whole naming thing really matters too much. I'm thinking one of the cool things about this place is that the problems are frequently reinvented as they get done, moss over, then get cleaned and done again. I always sort of thought a guide would screw that up. That said i do have some old topos if somebody has an interest.
By alpine glower
From: Soon to be Sweet Home, OR
Jul 26, 2010
Well Mr PDub Trad, has forgotten to leave out a few MAJOR details I told him over on cascadeclimbers.com... Since I dont want hide like Mr. PDub, My name is Douglas Foley, I climbed at what he calls "The Garden" exstensivly through out the late 70's and early 80's. We called it The Enchanted Forest. We cleaned and scrubbed hundreds of problems, some I would say were quite hard for the time. So don't listen to his psyco diatribe. I made it clear to him I have no desire to help him in his quest due too his extremly poor attititude but if there is any one else out there that cares to ask me any questions about the good old days in the Enchanted Forest feel free to contact me. I'm trying to remember the few problems we acctually named, most of these being the hard ones.
By Orion Watson
From: Seattle, WA
Sep 1, 2010
I agree with eb, route names and fa are not so important here. Boulder problems in the NW are perennially fa'd. There is one rule though that all must abide - all problems existing or to be scrubbed are V2.

By Burk S.
From: Lebanon, Oregon
Apr 26, 2012
Has anyone created a guide book for this place? It might be nice to have.
By BighornAdams
May 17, 2012
I'd be interested in a guide to this area as well. Any news?
By Burk S.
From: Lebanon, Oregon
Jun 13, 2012
I am moving to the area and am interested in putting together a guide book with some folks that know all the problems and have access concerns in mind. Let me know if you want to make this happen.
By GalenCP
Nov 6, 2012
Hey there, I'm interested in contributing to a guide, I've climbed many of the problems/ have potentially FA'd some hard stuff w/ confirmation from the Old strong dudes here in corvallis. My email is Galen.crockett.peterson@gmail.com I'd be down to meet up sometime. I have a large volume of information in hard copy.
By Nizate P
Nov 17, 2012
Does anyone know what the hanging arete/prow about 30 yards up the hill from Octernal(?) is? It has a diamond shape and is very aesthetic. One of the best looking lines there. It looked freshly cleaned early in the summer. I wasn't able to send, it seemed quite hard (double digits I'm guessing) from the sit.
By Dylan Colon
From: Eugene, OR
Jun 24, 2013
Does anyone know what this problem is? It is possibly the same one described in the above comment. This problem is located to the right when looking at The Good V3, at the base of a long low-angle slab and near the edge of some dense forest. Is this Cavebound Squirrel?
Cool looking compression problem on the north edge...
Cool looking compression problem on the north edge of The Garden. Starts with opposing good holds, and has good right hand holds and abysmal slopers for the left, and a hard-looking topout. Anyone know the name and grade?
By Nizate P
Jul 8, 2013
I think it is Cave Bound Squirrel (or The Guillotine?). I sent it a few weeks ago. I'm clueless when it comes to grades but it seemed somewhere in the V8 - 10 range.
By Steve Pulver
From: Williston, ND
Jul 23, 2013
I was unable to find this area. After driving the 4.3 miles from the turn off, I didn't see any dirt roads uphill. I found one road uphill at about 4.6 miles that appeared to be a logging road. It had a sign 'No unauthorized vehicles', so I walked up the road for a few hundred yards, but didn't see any sign of boulders. I assume the 50m means 50 meters? Anyone have some directions that could help me out?
By Dylan Colon
From: Eugene, OR
Jul 24, 2013
Please see the photo I just attached to the main page. Match this to a view on Google Maps if necessary. The boulders are easily visible from the main road if you look up at the right time.
By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
Oct 19, 2013
So I was out bouldering at the Garden today, and anyway, decided to explore the large cliff that's about 1/2 mile before the garden coming from Sweet Home, on the left side of the road, and 400' from the road. Its a taller cliff, probably between 60'-80' in height and about 200' long, give or take. Looks like really pretty good rock from the base. I didn't see any signs of development on it. Is that true? It looks like it has a couple dozen potentially good lines on it, some trad, some would be sport. Anyone familiar with this cliff?
By jamisans
Dec 1, 2013
I'm thinking about heading here in late December. Are there any good spots along the river or in the forest near the boulders for camping? Thanks.
By Doctor Jibs
Sep 4, 2014
There is a guidebook, it's an underground one that floats around the locals at oregon state universities climbing gyms
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