Elevation: 2,554 ft
GPS: 45.397, -121.86 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Peter Franzen on Jan 22, 2006 · Updates
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Description

French's Dome is a lone andesite crag located on the flanks of Mt. Hood near the town of Zig Zag, Oregon. Routes range in height from 80ft. to 160ft., and most are well-bolted. The setting is tranquil, invoking a feeling of solitude in the old-growth forest. Spectacular views of Mt. Hood abound.

The climbing is sporty, crimpy, and pumpy. Most of the routes feature chains and steel biners on the anchors, however, a couple don't have biners, so don't always plan on them being there.

Due to heavy snowfall this area is generally a late Spring to early Fall crag. The best hours are in the afternoon when the majority of the climbs are in the shade.

Getting There

To get to French’s Dome take Highway 26 from Portland towards Mt. Hood. In the town of Zig Zag take a left onto Lolo Pass Rd and continue for approximately 6 miles. The dome is not clearly visible from the road, but there is an obvious dirt pullout for parking on the right with a sign. Take the small trail downhill from the parking area to the dome; the majority of the climbs are on the left side of the dome as you're walking down the hill.
a NW Forest Pass is required to park here. You can get one from the ZigZag Ranger station if you don't have one.

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Classic Climbing Routes at French's Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 119
Giant's Staircase
Sport 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 55
Do it Again
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 115
Straw Man
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 105
Alpha Centauri
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 72
Tin Tangle
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 75
Oz
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Emerald City
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 34
Static Cling
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 154
Dirty Deeds (aka Silver Streak)
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 66
China Syndrome
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 86
Crankenstein
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 39
Pump-O-Rama
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 23
Road Face
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 23
The Dark Side (AKA The Siege)
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 7
Psoriasis
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Giant's Staircase
 119
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport 2 pitches
Do it Again
 55
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Straw Man
 115
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Alpha Centauri
 105
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Tin Tangle
 72
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Oz
 75
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Emerald City
 26
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Static Cling
 34
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Dirty Deeds (aka Silver Str…
 154
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
China Syndrome
 66
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Crankenstein
 86
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Pump-O-Rama
 39
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Road Face
 23
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
The Dark Side (AKA The Siege)
 23
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Psoriasis
 7
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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