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Access Issue: Carver cliff is on PRIVATE PROPERTY! Details


Like Broughton Bluff and Rocky Butte, Carver is a popular Portland crag. It's a bit more of a drive from the downtown area than the other crags but it's still popular on the weekends and after work in the summer. It is comprised of a single cliff band approximately 80ft. high with a bunch of boulders scattered on the hillside below.

Private Property Note: You must be a signed member of the Carver Climbing Club to climb or boulder on Stone Cliff property and/or property owned by the Rosenbaum family, which the entirety of the boulders and cliff are. Dogs are not allowed. You must have picture ID and membership card with you at all times. Here are the rest of the Carver Rules and Obligations.

Getting There

This area is located in the small town of Carver, Oregon. From the Portland area take I-205 South towards Clackamas and get off at Exit 12A (watch for signs to Hwy. 212 East). Take 212 for approximately 3 miles until 224 splits off to the right to Carver. Go through town and veer right to cross the bridge over the river. Take a left at the 'T' intersection on the far side of the bridge.

There are two options for parking: The first is the Stone Cliff Inn parking lot, which may be used by members all days except holidays and Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm on. The trail to the boulders and cliff is obvious, at the section of the lot furthest from the front door. The second option is the pullout at the intersection of Hattan and Gronlund Rd about 100m further down on the right.

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Map of the Carver area.  The dotted lines are the two main trails.
[Hide Photo] Map of the Carver area. The dotted lines are the two main trails.
Aaron on what we call Careers and Kids V4... huge fall below if you dont make the dyno.
[Hide Photo] Aaron on what we call Careers and Kids V4... huge fall below if you dont make the dyno.

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Portland OR
[Hide Comment] Re: parking.


Yesterday, every single car parked there had a $40 ticket. Pay the $3 to park in the big lot. If it is full (like yesterday), you can find free parking on Hattan Road, just past the big parking lot. Just a heads up. Someone driving by told me police love to give tickets to those parked on the shoulder, and he was right! Jul 11, 2010
[Hide Comment] Went to Carver for the first time last weekend. We just parked in the Inn parking lot. The owner was there and said parking was free, just park in the back corner gravel lot. No need to pay $3 for the river lot.

Cheers! May 5, 2011
[Hide Comment] Spoke with Mr. Rosenbaum briefly on Saturday. He let us know (very nicely I might add) that he’'s wanting climbers to park somewhere other than the Stone Cliff In parking lot after 5pm. This includes the back lot. That is unless you plan on having dinner at the restaurant.

Chad May 14, 2012
Patrick Beeson
Portland, OR
[Hide Comment] I saw two parties with dogs at Carver recently. I suspect those folks either aren't members or aren't reading the rules. Apr 28, 2020