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Flagstone

Oregon > Willamette Valley

Description

Flagstone is a beautiful rock found just off a forest service backroad in the Oregon wilderness. Originally discovered in the mid 1980's, this crag remained a "locals only" crag for many years, but has since transitioned into being a popular destination within the Willamette Valley region.

The rock has three aspects facing North, East, and West. A trail skirts the entire rock and can be used as a walk-off descent from the top. The rock is andesite and of high quality. The best climbs combine friction, edges, and balance together on dark grey rock. At times the place can be secluded and other times you'll feel cramped. Since it is a small place be courteous.

Getting There

From I-5 and Eugene take highway 126 east for about 35-40 miles. Really watch the odometer and look for a sign on the right for Quartz Creek Road. Turn onto a narrow road and go over a narrow bridge. This road becomes a forest road #2618. Enjoy viewing clearcuts for the next 14.5 miles and taking a right fork at milepost 11, a left fork at milepost 13. At the junction of 2618 and 350 stay right for another 1/8th of a mile and park in a pullout on the right side of the road. The crag is up and to the left.

Although somewhat obscured from the road there is a climbers trail that leads past a message board and up to the crag (5min)

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Aaron Hobson
Clinton, TN
[Hide Comment] While I was working in the Willamette national forest (summer 2003 and 2004), I climbed here a number of times, but I never learned much about the routes. I taught several friends of mine the joys of multi-pitch climbing on one of the "easy" and exhaustively bolted climbs on the northern slabs. Despite the small size of the crag, it has a great selection climbs. Mar 20, 2006
[Hide Comment] Flagstone is a very nice crag in a beautiful, secluded setting. The season there is fairly short, as the crag gets significant snowfall in the colder months. It is usually late Spring or Summer by the time the road melts out. For route beta, check out Rock Climbing Western Oregon: Willamette Valley. Oct 16, 2008
Ian G.
PDX, OR
[Hide Comment] I went to college in Eugene and climbed several times at Flagstone. The climbing is not world class, but the setting is. I have fond memories of topping out a route as the sun was setting behind the forested hills. I've travelled all over the world and nowhere is as beautiful as Oregon in the summer. If you are travelling through the area, give this place a chance. It's also...ahem..."well-bolted." May 18, 2009
Micah Elconin
Eugene, OR
[Hide Comment] So many classics at this crag! And thank you to those that have done upkeep on some of the older lines.

However, many of the routes are in need of re bolting. Quite a few old rusted bolts. Not an unusual thing to see on bolts approaching their third decade in stone. I would love to support the continued development of the crag as I'm sure others would. How can I help? Jun 4, 2018