Elevation: 4,147 ft
GPS: 45.348, -121.438 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Peter Franzen on Jun 19, 2007
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

Description

Area 51 is a sport climbing crag that's located in the forest on the eastern flanks of Mt. Hood. It's a single cliffband around 60-70ft. high that's composed of nicely featured andesite.

There are a few dozen bolted sport routes here that range from 5.7 to 5.13. There is about 30 more routes that require gear of some sort. The routes are very well bolted with up to date hardware.

Getting There

Drive South on Hwy-35 out of Hood River. Take a left on NF-44 towards Dufur. Drive up this road for a few miles and take a right when it splits at a large intersection. Keep driving for a couple more miles and take another right on NF-4420 towards 15 Mile Campground and Flag Point.

This road will split after a few hundred meters-- stay right on the paved part (the left fork goes to a small crag named Bulo Point). Take this road for another few miles; you will pass 15 Mile Campground, and shortly after that you will pass the turnoff to Flag Point. Stay on the road, and look for a large pullout a few hundred meters past the cattle guard. Park here and take the trail down below the bluff and follow it down and around to the right to the cliffs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Area 51

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
Out of this World
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
ET (Extra Trad)
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Wormhole
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 17
Roswell
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Alien Observer
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 28
First Contact
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 14
Luna
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 17
Mars
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 19
Rocketman
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 28
The Mothership
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 7
Little Grey Men
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 10
Shape Shifter
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Lies and Deception
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Resistance is Futile
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 6
Event Horizon
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Out of this World
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
ET (Extra Trad)
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Wormhole
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Roswell
 17
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Alien Observer
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
First Contact
 28
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Luna
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mars
 17
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Rocketman
 19
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Mothership
 28
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Little Grey Men
 7
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Shape Shifter
 10
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Lies and Deception
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Resistance is Futile
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Event Horizon
 6
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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