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Routes in Salmon River Slab

Camel Back S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cave Man Crawl S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Climbing Theme S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Stinky Salmon S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
White and Brown Rice S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
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This is a very small crag with only a handful of climbs, but it's worth visiting if you are climbing at French's Dome. All the climbs are bolted and range from 5.5 to 5.9. The Salmon River is right across the road (fishing?).

Getting There

Take rte 26 to the town of Zigzag. Go south ~4 miles on Salmon River Road(2618). Salmon slab is on left and has a gravel area for parking.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Salmon River Slab

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5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
White and Brown Rice
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Camel Back
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White and Brown Rice
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Camel Back
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
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Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
Be aware that there are/may not be rap rings for all routes. Check out the anchors from the ground before you climb. Aug 29, 2010
Mr. Holmes
Cascade West
Mr. Holmes   Cascade West
Was out there this past weekend and several of the anchors are in need of replacment. Hardware from ASCA is on the way- stay tuned and back up yer swag! Jul 23, 2012
Micah Klesick
Kalamazoo, MI
Micah Klesick   Kalamazoo, MI  
Does anyone know if the bolts that needed replacing were replaced? Sep 25, 2014
Was out a couple weekends ago and all three anchor bolts on Climbing Theme spin. May 28, 2015
We were out at Salmon Slab Aug. 4, 2015, and the anchor bolts on Climbing Theme are still spinning. We also noticed a lot of loose rock. We've been to this site three times. We tried to clean as best we could, but there are some really big loose pieces, so we were hesitant to really pull on those. By the way, what is the correct protocol in that situation? One final note, the "easy" 5.5 route clear to the right as you are facing the slab really gave the two novice climbers in our group trouble. The problem is that the anchor is not lined up with the route, and a fall during the first half of the climb pulls the climber into a jagged declivity created by an earlier rock fall. I would suggest letting novices climb both Climbing Theme and the 5.7 route second from the left. Really not that much harder and seemed a lot safer. Aug 12, 2015
Micah Klesick
Kalamazoo, MI
Micah Klesick   Kalamazoo, MI  
Yea, I haven't had time to go out and tighten them. Try bringing a wrench next time and tightening them down until they are snug.
As far as loose rock goes, removing it is advised as long as you can do it safely. Make sure no one is anywhere near, and all gear is moved. Then lower in from the top, make sure your rope is not under you, and then you can drop the block. IF SAFE. If you do that, please post here if it changed the route so others know. Aug 12, 2015
Hey Micah, Thanks for the response and the advice about removing loose rock. Next time we head that way we'll try and remember to bring a wrench. Aug 26, 2015
Patrick Beeson
Portland, OR
Patrick Beeson   Portland, OR
There is a large pile of burned trash just below the left-most route. Please beware should you bring kids out to climb (as I did recently). Watch where you step! Jun 20, 2017
The middle two routes are worth doing if you are there...particularly since there's a great swimming hole across the road and great camping not a mile further up the road. Jul 23, 2018
Tristan Burnham
La Crescenta, CA
Tristan Burnham   La Crescenta, CA
Salmon Slab is closed! The forest service closed the whole areal for the cougar they are trying to kill. 3 days ago · Temporary Report

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