Elevation: 237 ft
GPS: 45.39, -122.458 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Micah Klesick on Jan 22, 2006 with improvements by Ryan O
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick
Access Issue: Seasonal Peregrine Closure Details

Description

Madrone Wall was officially opened on October 21st, 2017 after a 20 year battle to convince the county to turn the area into a park instead of a quarry. 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 which are $6 daily. There are 6-month ($25) and annual ($40) passes available for purchase by calling the park office. Also, inform yourself about the daily opening and closing hours (they change seasonally) and the annual peregrine falcon closure.

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.

Lead bolts have almost all been updated, and all routes now have bolted anchors. Most of these have hardware for lowering off, and this method is recommended, though rappelling is required in a few cases. Historically, many routes required you to top out and/or used trees for anchors, but this has been eliminated in order to reduce rockfall 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. Though a lot of work has been done to clean the area up, garden clippers and a nylon brush are often handy, as the recent re-opening and the falcon closures mean that some routes remain a little dirty.

There are two guidebooks that feature Madrone. The most up-to-date one is the Madrone and Carver Cliffs guidebook available via Rakkup. The Portland Rock Climbs guidebook by Tim Olson also contains the area, but it is very out-of-date: trail information, route grades, anchor positions, bolt counts, etc will differ from what is listed in here.

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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Classic Climbing Routes at Madrone Wall

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 34
Exodus
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 36
Route Crafters
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 36
Electric Everything
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 33
Catharsis P1
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 22
Tangerine Dream
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 26
Rising Desperation
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
Paleontologist
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 25
Red Sun Rising
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 27
Nouveau Riche
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 23
Superstrings
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 11
Comfortizer
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 12
Divine Wind
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 25
Wild Things
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 4
Full Spank Mode
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Scott Free
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Exodus (6) Hardscrabble Wall
 34
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Route Crafters (2) Orange Wall
 36
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Electric Everything (6) Hardscrabble Wall
 36
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Catharsis P1 (4) Main Wall
 33
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Tangerine Dream (2) Orange Wall
 22
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Rising Desperation (4) Main Wall
 26
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Paleontologist (5) Shining Wall
 15
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Red Sun Rising (6) Hardscrabble Wall
 25
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Nouveau Riche (6) Hardscrabble Wall
 27
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Superstrings (4) Main Wall
 23
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Comfortizer (2) Orange Wall
 11
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Divine Wind (6) Hardscrabble Wall
 12
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Wild Things (2) Orange Wall
 25
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Full Spank Mode (4) Main Wall
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Sport
Scott Free (4) Main Wall
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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