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(1) Left Corner Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
(2) Orange Wall 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
(3) Fourth Class Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
(4) Main Wall 7 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
(5) Shining Wall 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
(6) Hardscrabble Wall 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11


Madrone Wall is officially open as of October 21st, 2017!!! Much thanks to the Madrone Wall Preservation Committee for all their hard work!

Make sure to check out the county park website for the rules on parking fees ($5 daily or there is an annual option), and to ensure that you know the opening and closing hours for both daily and annual closures (Falcon Closure from Feb-July).

The climbing here is awesome, and features a wide variety of styles and grades, and most certainly has something you'll enjoy climbing. A lot of the routes here are trad or mixed, so make sure you have a rack with you. A 60m rope will work on all routes here.

Bolts have almost all been updated, and most routes that did not have a bolt anchor have had a bolt anchor added at the end of the climbing to reduce rock fall and poison oak exposure.

Poison oak is rampant here, both on the wall in places, and along the trail, so tread carefully and be cautious where your rope and gear are set down.
And its recommended to bring small clippers and a nylon brush to clean routes off, as many of them haven't been climbed in a long time and need a little love!

There are two guidebooks that feature Madrone: the just-released Madrone and Carver Cliffs guidebook available via Rakkup, and Portland Rock Climbs, by Tim Olson.
Madrone Wall is now open Details

Getting There

Head SE on Hwy 224 towards and then through Carver. Madrone is on the left hand side, just past 197th Ave, right about 2.3 miles past Carver. Road up to the cliff has a yellow gate. If the gate is closed, the park is closed. Do not walk past the closed gate. The only parking is at the top of the drive, and there is about 20 spots to park. Please carpool if possible.
When you get to the parking lot, pay your parking fee, and then head up one of two trails. The trail on the south side of the lot goes up a few rock steps, and then travels through some steep steps to the Hardscrabble Wall.
The main trail is located just off the gravel path by the kiosk on the north side of the lot. This trail will meet the cliff in the middle of the Main Wall. To the left will be the left side of the Main Wall, 4th Class Wall, Orange Wall and Left Corner Wall. To the right will be the right side of the Main Wall, Shining Wall, and then Hardscrabble Wall.

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Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
After Nov. 1st, the closing time changes from 6pm to 4pm. They have been strict about enforcing this, though they said they allow a 10-minute grace period and will honk before closing the gate. Otherwise it's a $55 ticket and your car is stuck in the lot until 7am the next morning. Nov 7, 2017
Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
There is a lot of poison oak out here! On the trails, along the walls, on the routes... and absolutely teeming at the top of the cliff. If you've never gotten poison oak rash, don't. Avoid it like the plague. If you think you're immune, like I did, it's possible to be come un-immune. You've been warned.

Here are two pics for your reference.

Oct 31, 2017
Micah Klesick
Vancouver, WA
Micah Klesick   Vancouver, WA  
If you are climbing at Madrone Wall and using the old Portland Rock Climbs guide instead of the new Rakkup guide, keep in mind that the trail locations, both entrance and exit points, have changed. I saw several people this week already who were on the wrong routes due to the trail location being different than the old guide showed. Because of that, you can't base your location on wall via the trail drawings in the Portland Rock Climbs guidebook.
Updated trail locations are: the North (main) trail now meets the cliff at "Sultan's of Swing", and the South trail meets the cliff at "Exodus". Hope this helps keep people on the right routes! Get out there and enjoy it while its nice out! Oct 26, 2017
Ryan O
SW Portland, OR
Ryan O   SW Portland, OR
Madrone Wall is open to the public starting October 21.… Oct 20, 2017
Grant Garrett
Portland, OR
Grant Garrett   Portland, OR
Clackamas County will open the Madrone Wall Park on Saturday, Oct. 21 2017.

The park is open seasonally from July through January, and closed from February through June to protect nesting peregrine falcons that inhabit the rock wall during those months.

Park hours of operation have been set as:
  • July/August: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • September/October: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • November through January: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While there is no fee to enter or use the park, there is a $5 parking fee.

Fires, alcohol, glass beverage containers, weapons, and fireworks are all prohibited inside the park by County Code. There is also no camping allowed, no firewood gathering or cutting, and dogs/pets must be kept on leashes at all times inside the park.

Parking is limited at Madrone Wall Park. Our conditional use permit only allowed for the construction of 20 parking stalls and 2 handicap parking stalls. There is no parking allowed along the park access road and Hwy 224.

Overflow parking is available at Barton Park and Carver Boat Ramp. There is also a TriMet Bus Stop (Bus Route #30) on Hwy 224 near the Madrone Wall Park access road.

The park is located in Boring at 19485 SE Highway 224, Damascus, OR

More info here Oct 19, 2017

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