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Shared By: peachy spohn on May 17, 2008 with updates from Michael Selep
Admins: Nate Ball, Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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Description

This is the outdoor gym of the greater Portland area. Expect it to be teeming with people on any dry day, with queues and communication challenges on weekends. Maybe unruly dogs and blaring music too (not actually okay, please don't). It's a pleasant wall that offers a wide range of moderate climbs that are well shaded. Though the area has cleaned up well over the years, a helmet is always recommended. There is a nice mix of traditional and sport routes, though the latter obviously get the vast majority of the attention. Many of what used to be mixed routes have been retro-bolted and become more popular as a result. If you have even a small rack, it will allow you the freedom to get on some routes that are more likely to be open in this bolt-clipper's paradise.

Getting There

From Vancouver, Washington or the I-205 head east on State highway 14 on the north side of the Columbia River. The crag is slightly west of the high point in the road at mile post 23.75 and is on the south side of the highway (about 1/3 mile east of Belle Center Road). Park on a wide section of paved shoulder [third pullout west of the road high point] just past a funny sign on the left that reads "the gorge has gone to the dogs."
Follow the narrow climbers trail from the roadside parking area the trail gradually descends into a thick forest of fir trees. The first steep cliff section at the far west end of the entire Ozone Wall is about 40' in height, but quickly becomes taller as you continue to descend down to the central portion of the crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ozone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 126
Numb Nuts
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 69
Snake Face
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 112
Helm's Deep
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 84
Kung Fu
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 86
Dirty Jugs
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 64
Standing Ovation
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 101
Step Child
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 64
Party At The Moon Tower
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 77
Kamikaze
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 124
Carrots for Everyone
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 76
May Day
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 59
Rauch Factor
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 80
High Plains Drifter
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 76
House of Pain
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 59
Chainmail
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Numb Nuts (9) New School Wall
 126
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Snake Face (3) Snake Wall
 69
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Helm's Deep (2) Middle Earth
 112
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Kung Fu (4) Gold Wall
 84
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Dirty Jugs (4) Gold Wall
 86
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Standing Ovation (8) Old School Wall
 64
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Step Child {10} Mordor
 101
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Party At The Moon Tower (3) Snake Wall
 64
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Kamikaze (5) Old Tree Wall
 77
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Carrots for Everyone (5) Old Tree Wall
 124
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
May Day (5) Old Tree Wall
 76
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Rauch Factor (6) Shield Wall
 59
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
High Plains Drifter (6) Shield Wall
 80
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
House of Pain (2) Middle Earth
 76
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Chainmail (6) Shield Wall
 59
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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mark d  
The primary route developers at Ozone are in the process of drafting a guidebook which will likely be available by late summer or early fall 2008. The guidebook will initially be printed as a limited edition of 300 copies with ALL profit going toward medical expenses for one of the route developers and his family. Jun 23, 2008
mark d  
Guidebook Release Party and Fund-Raiser for Kevin Rauch

What: A celebration and release of limited edition guidebooks for the Ozone climbing crag to help raise money for Kevin Rauch and his family.
Where: The Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby Street, Portland.
When: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008.
Featuring: Limited edition Ozone guidebooks with proceeds benefiting Kevin Rauch and his family; silent auction; no-host bar and food; slideshow; much, much, more!
More information: Visitozoneguide.blogspot.com or call 503-290-4282.

Ozone is an 800-foot-long wall of beautiful basalt in the Columbia River Gorge that's been developed into a premier climbing area. One of the most influential developers of the crag, Kevin Rauch, was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. This guidebook, assembled by other Ozone developers and friends of Kevin's, and this event are all about raising funds and pooling support for Kevin and his family. Don't miss it! Aug 20, 2008
Don J  
I just discovered Ozone this weekend. Great place!! I'm guessing that as more people 'discover' it the access trail is going to go in the crapper. I would like to find a contact that I could work with to get the trail in order so after the winter rain hammers it, it will be in shape and perhaps keep the USFS happy.
thanks,
don j Sep 2, 2008
matt bruton
Colorado Springs, Colorado
matt bruton   Colorado Springs, Colorado
Good to hear more people getting excited about Ozone walls. I climbed there a lot this spring and last summer. The guide book benefit sounds sweet, I can't make it(move to CO. in June) but i'll spread the word to friends in the northwest. -Pack out the Lab and climb on! Sep 6, 2008
JeremyL  
Just a heads up, my car got broken into at the Ozone trail head last week end. Apparently another car also had its window smashed. They didn't take anything (nothing in there to take), but still sucks. Make sure you don't leave anything visible inside. Apr 25, 2014
My car also got broken into at the Ozone parking lot as well as the car next to mine. They didn't take anything either, but still lame.I agree with the last comment, "Make sure you don't leave ANYTHING visible inside."

- Mike

5/24/14 May 26, 2014
dmPete  
My car was also broken into at the lower Ozone pull-out, August 2014. They didn't smash my windows, instead popped my passenger-side lock core into the door. Seems like there's constantly too much safety glass on the ground at this spot though, so echoing what the folks before me said: don't leave anything valuable in your car while you're climbing.

I haven't had any problems with break-ins here when I've arrived later in the morning (read: 9:30am or later). Fewer cars on Hwy 14 and fewer cars in the lot might be more inviting for folks to try a smash n grab...not that it won't happen later, but may be less likely. The day my car was broken into, I was at the crag at 8am. Mar 3, 2015
The pathway from Evergreen Hwy to the crag is easy to hike down these days. I hear some of the seasoned climbers mind it but it makes for a safe commute -- especially in the dark.

I recommend either purchasing a guidebook: Portland Rock Climbs or install the MT Project app and then download data for this area if you are a first timer. You can also ask friendly climbers where a particular area is located.

I've been attempting a lot of sport 5.11s or easier this summer and have yet to encounter missing bolts or extremely warn anchors. Ozone is surprisingly not crowded but parking is very limited so please try to carpool and park close together. Don't leave anything in your car that would be enticing to a thief -- there have been break-ins in the past.

Finally, be safe down there and keep the area clean. I would like to see Ozone remain a fun and environmentally friendly area for years to come. Thanks to all of the contributors on here and out there. See you at the crag!

-Ted Jul 6, 2017
Micah Klesick
Kalamazoo, MI
Micah Klesick   Kalamazoo, MI  
Guidebooks for this area include the ones listed by Ted above (Portland Rock Climbs), this MP page (I've tried hard to make sure it's up to date and accurate as possible), or the Rakkup guide for smartphones. Jul 6, 2017
Graham Mitchell
Groveland
Graham Mitchell   Groveland
Yesterday my climbing partner and I overheard a man boasting of a beer can he had wedged in a climb as a joke. After confronting him about it, he told me to climb the route to retrieve it if I was so keen on a clean crag. With the increasing number of climbers coming to this crag from Portland and a growing number of people taking to the rock, we need to be exceptionally aware of our impact not just at Ozone, but at all crags we visit. If you see trash, pack it out, no exceptions. Let's keep these places pristine and cleaner than we found them. lnt.org/learn/7-principles Jul 1, 2018