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Routes in The Garden Boulders

Elevation: 855 ft
GPS: 44.441, -122.575 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Peter Franzen on Apr 23, 2006
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

Description

The main bouldering area. Comprised of a handful of massive boulders and many smaller ones, this contains most of the developed problems at the Garden.

The story is that the boulders prevented access to the trees here so the logging company didn't clear it out. Luckily for climbers the old trees provide plenty of shade and a great atmosphere. There is one main trail that leads down from the parking area and past the top two boulders before plunging downhill to the rest. Parts of the forest are still very overgrown and there is a thick layer of moss over everything that hasn't been climbed recently.

Getting There

Park on the second gravel road (as described in the main directions). Walk East on the trail downhill to the boulders.

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Chris Kisio
Beaverton
Chris Kisio   Beaverton
Andrew, Yeah he was just worried about where we parked. The boulders are still open to the public, just have to park across the street in the dirt pull out down from the trail.

I guess I should have driven farther. Thanks for the info.
I will return the topo when I can get a chance. Peace Sep 7, 2017
Andrew Child
Santa Clara
Andrew Child   Santa Clara
Chris. Sucks to hear that you had such a bad experience. Did the sheriff say anything about access to the climbing or was he just concerned about where you parked?

Also I was probably the person who commented about primitive camping. If you go about 20 miles further up the road there are a bunch spots where people camp basically in pullouts on the side of the road. I have never camped there, but I assume that it is free and allowed (or at least tolerated) given there are no signs that indicate otherwise and I see people camping there every time I drive through the area. There are also a bunch of cool boulders up there that are worth checking out, I added them to a separate page on this site. Sep 5, 2017
Chris Kisio
Beaverton
Chris Kisio   Beaverton
OK. So as of June 23 2017, You are NOT allowed to park on the second dirt road closest to the boulder field. It is private property and owned by a logging company that will call the sheriff and have you ticketed for trespassing, as I got one issued. The sheriff came down to the boulders and walked us out to our car and ticketed us. He also made me take the guide book that was left at the V8 problem. I asked to leave it for future climbers, but he said he would ticket me for littering. So I have the guide book, and will return it on my next visit. Sorry Luke Childers...

Immediately after the second dirt road on the right hand side is a small pullout. Park there and walk up the road about 20 yards and the trail is on opposite side of road. Best place to park and not get a trespassing ticket.

Also FYI ; There is no primitive camping along Quartville Rd. For traveling climbers, that info is false that someone wrote about on the cliffs description page. Closest campground is $22 a night. Unless you have two cars, then its $29!! Camp Host is a douche bag also. And campground is packed all the time!! Good luck Jun 25, 2017
The topohawk guide is pretty helpful for finding stuff, but yeah, I'm VERY confused about the grades it lists. Either I'm super lost or there are like V9s being listed as V4s etc? Jun 3, 2017
Andrew Child
Santa Clara
Andrew Child   Santa Clara
Topo Hawk has a fairly comprehensive guide to the bouldering in the area. In general there are a lot of discrepancies over the names and grades of routes in the area and no complete guide exists. Sep 7, 2016
Dude Wiley,
You have just added six new classic problems to "The Garden" in a matter of weeks.. not to mention your future plans. You sir are a visionary and a pioneer. I am proud to have climbed with you and can't wait to do so again. Those at the Garden thank you. Keep them comming man!!

Luke Childers Jun 25, 2009

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