The Steeple Rock Climbing
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DescriptionFrom anywhere in the area where there is a tree break you can see the rounded pinnacle called The Steeple perched like a malevolent bitch almost 1000' above on the ridge line above you overseeing the whole area.
Getting ThereFrom 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 a "road closed" sign on the right. Keep driving another mile until the road 4620 finally gets overgrown. There is a Y where the road is closed to the right and a big turn around area. Head up the overgrown road about 100 yrds and then bushwack up off the road to the left before the gully.
This is the best description for the classic Beckey route and doesn't apply to any East Side Steeple routes. Drive the road 4620 approach as for Coethedral except at the normal parking spot, drive approx 3/4-1 mile or so further up the road past the beautiful view of the Coethedral cliff until the road necks down to near nothing and a closed off spur road on the right affords a nice parking space. The pinnacle is a short walk uphill. You can go any way, straight uphill. However, from your car in the little turnaround next to the closed off spur road, the best way is to hike approx 225 paces up the overgrown near closed road that heads west, turning left into the woods over a small culvert on a small log and head straight up, paralleling just left of a drainage in the semi-open areas until you see some small cliffs which had not been previously visible just on your right. Pass through the Devils Club (some clippers will easily clear a trail through this small patch) and skirt the cliffs on the left approx 200' more tending up and left until you get to the base of the NW side of the Steeple. This is for North and west side routes, including the Beckey Route.
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