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Shared By: Kevin W. Corcoran on Oct 15, 2008 with updates from gso Orton
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Description

The Callahans are a series of partially-exposed cliff bands outside Roseburg, near the small town of Melrose. The land is owned by Weyerhauser Paper, and there are often logging crews operating on the land. Be careful while on the gravel road, as these are used frequently by logging trucks.

The rock is soft sandstone, and some sections are very crumbly and chossy. However, there is a wide selection of climbs on bullet-hard rock. The climbs often vary considerably within a single route, and it is not uncommon to go from steep jug-bashing to tenuous slab climbing on the same route. Most of the routes are of moderate difficulty (5.10-5.11). The Callahans are composed of several smaller crags made up of broken cliff-bands and large boulders. Many of the routes have easy top-rope access. Fixed anchors are the norm, but there are a few traditional routes. Many of the formations are too tall to lower off of with a single rope, and intermediate sets of anchors are common.

PLEASE NOTE: The Callahans are private property and should be treated as such. Climbers have had a good relationship with Weyerhauser in the past, and we should strive to maintain that. Be sure to not block the gate with your car, and BE ADVISED: THE CALLAHANS ARE CLOSED OCCASIONALLY at Weyerhauser's discretion, particularly when fire danger is high. Pay attention to all posted signs. There is usually a phone number posted that you can call for information on access issues on all Weyerhauser property.

For complete area beta, check out Rock Climbing Western Oregon: Umpqua by Greg Orton.

Getting There

Take exit 125 off of I-5 and head west (right). Make an eventual left turn at the sign for "Melrose Traffic" and follow this road until it T's. Take a right at the T, and another right onto Touchstone road. Follow this until it turns into gravel, and go uphill until you reach the gate. Make sure to park downhill a bit on the pull-off and DON'T BLOCK THE GATE. Weyerhauser doesn't like that.

There is also an alternative approach which leads you to the top of the Callahans instead of the bottom. See Orton's book.

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g orton  
Access for driving to the top of the Callahan ridge where you will find 6 trailheads (refer to pg 67 of Western Oregon Rock Climbing vol 2 Umpqua) is generally open Saturdays and Sundays October through March 15. Trailheads are currently flagged with pink flagging.

All other times park at the lower Touchstone gate and walk in (20 to 30 min).

The largest concentration of climbing occurs for about a mile stretch just of the top of the ridge. In 2007, there were 38 individual developments at the callahans and over 200 routes. There are still many rocks here without first accents. This is the best sandstone climbing on the west coast north of the Camino Cielo.

Where to stay the night: River Forks Campground has a group site and showers $$, many FS & BLM campgrounds up the N Umpqua River E of Glide about 45 min. $, hotels in Roseburg $$$, Camp in a pullout on BLM land just as you top the ridge on Callahan Road on your way to the upper gate; don't leave your camp unattended, free.

Winter climbing: It only takes a little bit of sun to wake up winter climbing at the Callahans. Rule of thumb: the heavier the valley fog the better the climbing. Walls that tend to dry first are Fantasy Island's south wall, Double Chocolate's Lizard Ledge, Mind Planet's south wall.

Oct 17, 2009
Niki
Joshua Tree, CA/Healy, AK
Niki   Joshua Tree, CA/Healy, AK
If you are heading north on 1-5 you want to turn left of exit 25, not right.

The approach can be pretty strenuous if you are hiking it with a pack and are pretty out of shape, like myself, but totally worth it! Apr 23, 2011
apparently there's over 200 routes there, but only a few listed here... does anyone know if there is a guide that has a good listing of the routes at the Callahans? Sep 18, 2012
JoeR
Eugene, OR
JoeR   Eugene, OR
Lorn, Greg Orton's Oregon Rock Climbing: Vol 2 Umpqua the one you want.


He has released a series, each volume covering the crags in each portion of Western Oregon. Sep 20, 2012
hey there was wondering if any locals Knew if the callahans are open for climbing. ive heard it can be closed for bird nesting, or logging. I Also dont have a guide book is it easy to find or would you reccommend getting a book. was thinking of heading up june 22-23 Does it get super hot up there? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Jun 15, 2013
hotlum
Bend, Oregon
hotlum   Bend, Oregon
So I was going to climb at the Callahans this past Saturday, June 22nd and Weyerhaeuser closed the gate at the pavement even lower than the normal gate up touchstone lane. Having been a contractor that has worked up on that tree farm it might be closed due to fire danger. Any word anyone? I will ask around the logging community this week. Not much rain this spring, industrial landowners are anticipating a big fire year in these parts. A new no trespass sign was placed at the low gate also. Be somewhat advised.... and expect an extra 20 minute approach. FYI I decided to bag it until I find more info..... Jun 23, 2013
Weyerhaeuser property in the Callahans is closed to all public access at this time.

Access information for Weyerhaeuser land can be found by calling the Weyerhaeuser Hunter & Recreational Access Hot Line Number 1-888-741-5403.

Failure of pubic to obey access rules may lead to total closure of he area. Jun 24, 2013
gso Orton
Roseburg, OR
gso Orton   Roseburg, OR
So latest update for the Roseburg area.
Acker is closed do to lightening fires in the area.
Callahans are closed for fire season. Once fire season ends and the access opens back up to climbing we now have a place 6 miles from Touchstone where climbers from out of town can camp.
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note: carry a shovel in your rig, 5 gallons water or fire extinguisher during fire season. No Smoking!!
If you know who's been leaving Camel butts in the past, do us all a favor and say something to him.
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Areas still Open:
Honeycombs, if you haven't been there recently there are five new routes on the North comb in the Orange Bowl the three most obvious begin at a rock wall that was built under and large overhang. From left to right they are .9, .11a (right side of overhang), and .10a

McKinley Rock, we were there a couple weeks ago and the rock was fun. PG leads. Routes are about 400 feet.

Jurassic Park, difficult to avoid the poison oak on approaches. If you are sensitive to PO wear long sleeves and pants when approaching. Wash down with Tecnu scrub when you get to the base of the rock and back to the road. Approaches are short. G leads. Routes are 150 to 250 feet.

Youtklut Pillars, toproping requires two ropes, a 70m may reach not sure. Anchors are about 5 feet back from the edge so bring long slings.

Redman Tooth pinnacles, some PO on a short approach but it is avoidable. G and PG leads. Routes are about 200 to 250 feet.

Old Man, is accessible from the trailhead at the end of the road just past Soda Springs dam. G leads. If your looking for an Oregon classic try Dilley's Delight .8 crack, or The Prize 250 feet of exposed 5.11c with a scenic view of the North Umpqua River. There is a persistent poison oak at the base of the climb. I've seen people cover it with a small tarp.

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gso Orton
Roseburg, OR
gso Orton   Roseburg, OR
Gates are currently locked at the Callahans.
Park at lower Touchstone gate and walk in.
If you need a place to camp call 541.670.0412, within 6 miles of Touchstone.
Climbing guide: Western Oregon Rock Climbing, vol 2: Umpqua available at While Away Books in Roseburg.
If there is a crowd when you are there Fantasy Island deserves more visits and was rebolted last Thursday. May 29, 2014
Just got this email reply from CoosBay recreation ;

All access now requires a recreation access permit . Permits are sold on-line only at wyrecreation.com for $350.00. Access is 7 days per week for climbing, hiking, driving, hunting, fishing etc. and personal firewood and personal mushroom and berry picking.

Permits on sale at this time expire July 31, 2015.

Is this for real? Has anyone been there since Aug 1 2014? What is the status? Sep 23, 2014
hotlum
Bend, Oregon
hotlum   Bend, Oregon
Yeah, it's for real. I actually might buy one, which is crazy, but the place is right down the road from where I live. Most of my neighbors have been hunting that tract of land for YEARS and are pretty upset about it too. I haven't been up there yet this late summer, as I have been respectful of the fire danger, but with 1-2" of rain on the way......
In the past the gates would be open on the weekends and everything was super chill..... Sep 23, 2014
Brian Oelberg
Roseburg
Brian Oelberg   Roseburg
More Affordable Permits Approved for the Callahans in SW Oregon

04/28/2017

Weyerhaeuser, the private timber company that owns the Callahans climbing area in Southwest Oregon, recently issued a new, non-motorized permit system, allowing climbers to regain access to the Callahans later this summer. Just minutes from the town of Roseburg, the Callahans offer climbers over 100 sport and trad routes in a variety of grades. Its sandstone towers and outcrops provide scenic views across Flournoy Valley and the Oregon Cascades to the east.


In 2014, Weyerhaeuser implemented a $350 annual permit requirement for all recreational users visiting the 174,000-acre Coos Bay-Millicoma Tree Farm, including those looking to access the crag on its eastern border. This was a steep expense for many Callahan climbers, especially local students or visiting climbers who use the area only a handful of times each year. In prior decades, climbers enjoyed free access and supported Weyerhaeuser with trail work and clean-ups.

Access Fund and Southwest Oregon Climbers Coalition (SWOCC) have been working with Weyehaeuser over the last two years to consider a recreational lease or more affordable permit system. We are pleased to announce that Weyerhaeuser has agreed to allow 150 non-motorized permits for the entire tree farm at $75 per person per year, beginning on August 1, 2017. This will make walk-in access from Touchstone Road feasible for regular visitors once again.

Climbers must have an individual permit and follow all requirements for access. Do not block the school-bus turnaround and respect adjacent neighbors along Touchstone Road. Climber compliance with the permit system is critical to our ability to explore improved access, such as a recreational lease after the timber sale contract is complete. Permits for non-motorized access from August 1, 2017 to July 23, 2018 will go on sale starting May 17th at 7:00 PM atwyrecreation.com/permits.

accessfund.org/news-and-eve… Oct 20, 2017
Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
To clarify the access issues:
The Callahans are only accessible to those who have permits, which are purchased from the website stated below in the comments and in the access issue banner. You want the Coos-Millicoma area. Permits are $75/year for non-motorized and $350/year for motorized. The former requires a one-hour walk from the gate at Touchstone Lane, while the latter will get you a key that opens the gate and allows access to the trailheads directly above the cliffs.

The rules for these permits are strict. Every single person has to have one, unless they are your child or spouse. Non-motorized permit holders cannot ride in a motorized permit holder's vehicle. The permit expires July 23rd, no matter when you buy your permit. A motorized permit allows camping access, non-motorized is day-use only.

Obviously these access restrictions are the primary reason that the Callahans remain unpopular, despite them being only three hours from Portland, the second highest concentration of sport routes in the state, and a completely unique rock type for the region. Please respect these rules as negotiations between local parties, the Access Fund, and property managers continue. 6 days ago