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Elevation: 2,554 ft
GPS: 45.39719, -121.85985
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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.

33 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
 147
Giant's Staircase
Sport 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 76
Do it Again
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 145
Straw Man
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 129
Alpha Centauri
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 85
Tin Tangle
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 102
Oz
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 53
Emerald City
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 198
Dirty Deeds (aka Silver Streak)
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 79
China Syndrome
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 103
Crankenstein
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 52
Pump-O-Rama
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 33
Road Face
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 25
Jackie Chan
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 42
The Dark Side (AKA The Siege)
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 12
Psoriasis
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Giant's Staircase
 147
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport 2 pitches
Do it Again
 76
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Straw Man
 145
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Alpha Centauri
 129
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Tin Tangle
 85
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Oz
 102
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Emerald City
 53
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Dirty Deeds (aka Silver Str…
 198
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
China Syndrome
 79
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Crankenstein
 103
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Pump-O-Rama
 52
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Road Face
 33
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Jackie Chan
 25
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
The Dark Side (AKA The Siege)
 42
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Psoriasis
 12
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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