Elevation: 329 ft
GPS: 45.55, -122.565 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Peter Franzen on Jan 22, 2006 · Updates
Admins: Roberta Zouain, Kristy Tippey, Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

Description

Rocky Butte is perhaps Portland’s most accessible crag. Rocky Butte is located in Northeast Portland near I-205. Although noisy, somewhat overgrown, and often dirty it is a worthy crag for the happy-hour crowd or a quick weekend afternoon. It tends to be pretty damp during the rainy season but is quite climbable during the rest of the year.

There are reports of lots of broken glass here, including on some of the climbing holds. Pack some out if possible, and use care for your hands and feet!

Getting There

To reach the climbing area take I-84 East from downtown to the 82nd St. exit. Drive North on 82nd to Freemont Street, and take a right. Freemont will turn into 91st Street and will lead to Rocky Butte Rd, which loops around the top of the butte. Park at the gravel pullout across the street from the large church domes. The cliffs lie just beyond the trees to the East. Pick your favorite tree and rappel down.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rocky Butte

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 44
Flakey Old Man
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Glenn's Route
Sport, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 14
Blueberry Jam
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
Espresso
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Vertical Therapy
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Hot Donna
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 13
Mind Games
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 19
Bikini
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
Power Surge
TR
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
Blackberry Jam
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Emotional Rescue
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 18
Fandango
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 14
Birds of Paradise
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 26
Bite the Bullet
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 7
Edge of Might
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Flakey Old Man c. Video Bluff
 44
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Glenn's Route b. Silver Bullet Bluff
 26
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Blueberry Jam i. Toothpick Wall
 14
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Espresso j. Breakfast Cracks
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Vertical Therapy i. Toothpick Wall
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Hot Donna i. Toothpick Wall
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Mind Games e. Wizard Wall
 13
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Bikini c. Video Bluff
 19
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Power Surge i. Toothpick Wall
 15
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Blackberry Jam j. Breakfast Cracks
 14
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Emotional Rescue g. Warrior Wall
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Fandango b. Silver Bullet Bluff
 18
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Birds of Paradise j. Breakfast Cracks
 14
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR
Bite the Bullet b. Silver Bullet Bluff
 26
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Edge of Might c. Video Bluff
 7
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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