Elevation: 3,532 ft
GPS: 45.074, -122.107 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: adam winslow on Aug 20, 2010 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Roberta Zouain, Nate Ball, Micah Klesick
Access Issue: TEMPORARY CLOSURE :: FIRE DANGER Details

Description

Tightly bolted, soft moderate grades, bolted anchors and fun climbing dancing on unique knobs is the game here. Consists of multiple cliffs with the Coethedral formation having the most routes, many being multiple pitch climbs. All routes can be rappelled with a single 60m rope. Becoming more solid as it gets climbed on, it's still cobbly rock that can be crumbly so helmets are a must! Seriously adventurous area for a sport crag, yet still relatively accessible from the metropolitan area. Fairly high in elevation so is snowed in for much of the year, it comes into it's own in the dry and heat of summer. High-clearance vehicles aren't always necessary for access but might be depending on winter/spring road damage.

The Steeple contains a relatively classic 4-pitch sport route to the summit and commanding views of the surrounding area.

Note on Rock Integrity:
The rock in this area is sedimentary in origin, and its strength (like Red Rock, Moab, and elsewhere) is seemingly affected by water saturation. That is, if it's holding moisture, it's more likely to break. Being that overuse will never be a concern here for many reasons, this section is presented more as a warning that holds and even whole blocks may come off if climbing in wet or even damp conditions. Please consider this fact, along with its position at a relatively high elevation on the ocean-side of a mountain range, while making your determinations as to when to climb here.

Getting There

A vehicle with moderate clearance is recommended. From Portland, take I-205 to highway 224 towards Estacada. Go 22 miles past Estacada's only traffic signal, past mile marker 45 and make a right turn just BEFORE the road crosses a green bridge. From this turn, parking for the crag is just over 10 miles. After turning, you will immediately pass two turn-offs for Indian Henry state park; camping on the left and hiker parking on the right. Go past milepost 2.5 where you will see a beaver pond. From here you are about a mile, as the crow flies, from the cliff. By car, you still have another 7.5 miles to go. The paved road will turn to gravel. Stay right at all forks in the road staying on the better/more obvious road. This will keep you following National Highway development road #4620 (also called The Sandstone road) until it turns into road # 4622. After 10 miles you will see an obvious pullout on the right. This is the parking for the main area. If going to the Steeple, follow directions on that page.

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