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Routes in Spring Mountain

A Few Tense Moments S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Aloha Direct S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Arthritis T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Bat Crack T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Beginner's Route TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Betaflash S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Black out S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Blister in the Sun S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Block Party T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Blockhead T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Blue Suede Shoes S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Blue-Tailed Skink S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Breathe the Air S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
By Hook or by Crook S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Captain Winkie S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Cassidy's Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Chicken Pox S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Chopper T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Chubby Hubby S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Chunky Monkey S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Clavical Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Clean Sweep S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cornered T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crack Atowa T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crimp or Wimp S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Cruisin' to a Bruisin' T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Dawg Daze T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Deep Impact S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Digital Delight T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Diving Board, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Doc Holiday S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Dog Show S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Drama Queen S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Eaten Alive S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Eekwinocks T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Eighteen Wheeler T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Epiphany roof S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Etched in Stone S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Exterminailer S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fab Slab S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Face Lift S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Face the Crook T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Face the Facts S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Feat Petite S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Final Exam S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Final Shred, The S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Fire Down Below S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Fish for the Future T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Flaked out S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Freddys Dead S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Funny Trumpets Arete S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Geophagy S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Geophysical T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Get a Grip S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Gidrah S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Gome Boy S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Gran Delusion T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Hang 'em Higher or Throwin' Fire S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Hawaiian Slab S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Hospital Corner T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Indian Summer T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Initiation S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Inversion T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Iron Cross S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Jack and Jill S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Johnny Nowhere S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Johnny's Got a Gun S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Junior Birdman S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Last Dance, The S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Learning to Fly S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Lively Up Yourself T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Longtime Coming T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lorraine S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
M and M's T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
M.T.P. T,S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Maid in the Shade S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Mantle with Care S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Mark's Route S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Marley's Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Mirage a' Trois S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Mojo Rising S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Moufot's Woof T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Mountain Ears Route T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Moving to Manhatten T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Mr. Flexible S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Mt. Berry S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Mud Crack T,S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Noble Slabbage S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Nurse Ratchet S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Nut Up T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
On My Face T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Oot and Aboot S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Oregon Yosemite S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Passing Lane S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Phish Food S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Phlogistomat S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Phoups T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pin Ball S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Plumber Boy S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pod of God T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Puppets Without Strings S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Rally Race S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Red T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sfinks Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Shafted T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Shagadelic Groove S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Skinny Hippie S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Snack Time for Kea T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Snapped it Off S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Something Else S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Special Delivery S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Spider S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Spiral Stairs S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Split Decision S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Spring Cling S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Spring Fever S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Stemulation T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Steppin' Out S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Summertime Arete S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
TBA T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Ticked S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Triple Arthrodesis T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Triple Threat S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Trix T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Twister S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Unnamed 12b S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Van Golden Brown T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Wanderer T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Welcome to Spring Mountain S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Welcome to Spring Mountain (Direct Start) S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Worth the Walk S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Elevation: 4,712 ft
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Description

A surprising number of good routes spring out of the timber at this cragging area in NE Oregon. There is a nice variety of sport and trad climbs anywhere from 5.4 to 5.13 on fairly solid andesite. Most of the climbs are about a half pitch in length but there are a few multi-pitch routes that top out.

The crag is nestled in the Blue Mountains and has an excellent vista of the nearby mountains including Mount Emily that overlooks the nearby Grande Ronde Valley. Large talus fields line the base of the crag and create an area for lazy belayers and bystanders to soak in the sun. The relatively high elevation and ability to find shady areas makes this an ideal summer crag for those hanging out in Eastern Oregon. Most people wait till the snow melts (usually April) to venture up the gravel roads.

These days the crag gets fairly crowded on the weekends with an influx of climbers from Walla Walla and Portland but usually climbers can still get a secluded feel by skipping the first talus field.

Getting There

From La Grande: head west on I-84 until you reach the "Summit Road, Mt. Emily" exit (#243) continue to the right on the Summit Rd. for about 9 miles until you see a sign on the right that says "Whitman Route Overlook" and take the gravel road on the left. Along this road you will see multiple pull-outs where people camp and after about a mile there will be a small gravel road to the right (directly after a down-hill grade) that winds up hill. Take this road for about 1/4 mile until you reach a parking area where boulders block the road. The trail follows the road for a short distance then heads up to the left for another 10-15 minutes to the crag. The road is usually passable for any vehicle (once the snow melts).

From Pendleton: Head east on I-84 for about 30 miles till you reach exit 243 (the "Summit Rd., Mount Emily" exit). Take the exit to the left over the freeway and follow directions above from La Grande.

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b0t23
Portland, Oregon
b0t23   Portland, Oregon
Thanks for the information about this place. Picked up the guide book and stayed one night with my girlfriend for our first time lead climbing without anyone else. Beautiful place even with smoke from nearby fires.
Route descriptions were perfect and the recommended guide was a life saver. Aug 25, 2015
Adra
Portland, OR
Adra   Portland, OR
RCamper - Northwest Oregon Rock by Tim Olson has great topos and beta for Spring Mountain. Just went up there this weekend for the first time with this guidebook. We had a very easy time finding the crag and locating routes. It's a really awesome spot that is definitely worth visiting! Quality climbs in a secluded, beautiful setting. Jun 8, 2015
Can someone recommend a good climbing book that covers Spring Mountain? Thanks! Mar 30, 2015
Nathan Bell
La Grande, Oregon
Nathan Bell   La Grande, Oregon
A little clarification on the road numbers to get you to spring. Once you take the exit off the freeway you are on the 31 road, take a left on 3109, then a right on the 3109 025 spur road. Stay on the main gravel road until you reach the parking lot. Once you hit gravel off of I84 there are no other signs that can help you except road numbers so don't try finding any. I hope this helps. Aug 4, 2014
Phil Chi
Bend, OR
Phil Chi   Bend, OR
The road to Spring is forest road 31-09. Stop by the Forest Service offices in Walla Walla, Pendleton, or La Grande for maps. Jul 29, 2012
Kemper Brightman   Tucson
I'm a big fan of Spring and was surprised to see only a few of the many great climbs added to this page. I've added a few more and plan to add the rest in the near future. The ratings and descriptions are courtesy of Kevin Pogue, who's complete Spring guide can be found here

If you have experience with a specific route(s) feel free to message me with any edits you might have. Jul 25, 2012
Bill Ballace
Pullman,WA
Bill Ballace   Pullman,WA
David, there are loads of free camping spots before you get to the crag and if you drive past the final turn up to the crag there are nice spots as well. No camping at the trail head. If you are headed down this weekend the place is crawling with hunters so it might be a bit crowded but you will find a place. Sep 27, 2011
David J. Thompson
Hood River
David J. Thompson   Hood River
Hey, does anyone know a good place camp around Spring Mountain? Bringing several kids of all ages as well. Sep 27, 2011
Bill Ballace
Pullman,WA
Bill Ballace   Pullman,WA
Really great area!! definitely worth checking out. One of my favorite things about SM is that there are plenty of routes of many grades. It is a great place to take beginners and hardmen/women. Aug 29, 2011
Matt..C
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Matt..C   South Lake Tahoe, CA
Just went there today for the first time since fall. It's a great little crag to go to. A good mix of climbing, something for all skill sets. There is also a multi pitch and some trad spread throughout to try. I will take pictures next time I make it out there and post up. May 15, 2011
This guy is totally gonna go check this out. Been up that way a million times and just never took that turn. Will post pics if I find it. And this is one of the closest to Pendleton Mar 21, 2011
I'm planing to be on camp at spring for bear season no later than this friday. In high hopes of cleaning up a possibile boulder route I saw a few years back. That is, if it hasn't already been discovered. I shall try my best to obtain the angled pics needed so that the people can generalize and try to relate a routes difficulty by its image. Should have them ready to be posted next week,,that is if "mt.project inc" deems them worthy. Could use a fellow climbing hand and insight, if anyone would like to lend it. Tas Aug 5, 2010
bob branscomb
Lander, WY
bob branscomb   Lander, WY
I thought at the time we were putting up routes at Spring Mtn in the 1980s that it was one of the best places to climb in that area. I can see why it has become so popular. It's a sweet place. I'll dig around and put in some of the routes we put up then. They aren't real hard, but they are pretty nice.

Bob Branscomb, Lander WY Aug 3, 2010

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