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.

32 Total Climbs

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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
 131
Giant's Staircase
Sport 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 61
Do it Again
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 125
Straw Man
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 115
Alpha Centauri
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 78
Tin Tangle
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 86
Oz
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 39
Emerald City
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 39
Static Cling
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 165
Dirty Deeds (aka Silver Streak)
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 74
China Syndrome
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 92
Crankenstein
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 18
Jackie Chan
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 43
Pump-O-Rama
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 26
Road Face
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 34
The Dark Side (AKA The Siege)
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Giant's Staircase
 131
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport 2 pitches
Do it Again
 61
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Straw Man
 125
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Alpha Centauri
 115
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Tin Tangle
 78
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Oz
 86
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Emerald City
 39
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Static Cling
 39
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Dirty Deeds (aka Silver Str…
 165
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
China Syndrome
 74
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Crankenstein
 92
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Jackie Chan
 18
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pump-O-Rama
 43
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Road Face
 26
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
The Dark Side (AKA The Siege)
 34
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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