Elevation: 365 ft
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Shared By: Micah Klesick on Oct 16, 2013
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Cascade features a collection of good quality andesite boulders. A large range of sizes and problems from VB-V9 so far, with many more lines waiting to be sent. The boulders are scattered over a 1/2 mile area, so it can be a little challenging to find them. The Northwest Oregon Climbing book has a map, and you can find maps online as well. Most boulders have good landings, although a few have spots that require a couple of pads or a good spotter. Tends to be fairly dry year round, so it can be a good spot to go during the winter dry days, yet its shaded during the summer so it stays cool during hot days. I marked the main boulder areas fairly accurately, so between the location markers and directions, you should be able to find the boulders fairly easily.

Getting There

Take the Cascade Locks exit off of I-84.
1. Head northeast on US-30/Wa Na Pa St toward SW Cascade Ave
Continue to follow US-30
0.8 mi
2. Continue onto Frontage Rd
2.3 mi
3. Turn right onto Herman Creek Rd/Wyeth Rd
0.2 mi - You will see a gate on the west side of the road with a yellow reflector on it. Park next to this, and follow the road back. the boulders can be a bit tough to find if you don't have the map.

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Ian G.
Ian G.   PDX, OR
I checked this place out today. I guess I found the boulders? Super mossy(hey it's oregon) and small. Most of the problems have death pit landings. Supposedly there are good problems here with flat landings, I could not find them. The majority of the boulders are super small...you'd have to bend over to top them out. I probably won't be back... Apr 24, 2015
Micah Klesick
Kalamazoo, MI
Micah Klesick   Kalamazoo, MI  
Quite true. Small boulders are the norm here. However, there is a section of 10'-12' boulders in the center of the area that have some excellent problems with good landings. Just takes some work to explore around and find them. But don't expect 4 star bouldering everywhere you look. Apr 24, 2015
Ian G.
Ian G.   PDX, OR
Yeah the talus area above the Herman Creek trail had some good potential. You would need at least two or three pads and as many spotters to make it safe/enjoyable.

The guidebook author in the new "Northwest Bouldering" guide described something similar to the Depot; was really hoping to find that. Apr 24, 2015
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
I found a few quality routes up there last summer, one in particular I would go back to do again. But overall, this is a nice place to check out once or twice, not an area to come back to a few times a week to session on. I enjoyed the diversity of wildflowers and the convenience to be able to stop on the way to the Bridge of the Gods boulders or Beacon Rock area. Every little area helps to spread out impact and increase the volume and variety of bouldering opportunities available. Apr 27, 2015
I spent 3 days here, hoping to find the goods. Most "boulders" are shorter than me. For real. If taller, the landings were usually talus. If you love 3 move sit start V6s, or butt-dragging V5s traverses on 5 foot tall 14 foot long squat blocks, this is the place to be. I respect the work that went in here, but the only people who will enjoy this place are the first ascentionists. I'm just being honest. I've put up a few routes I knew would never be popular simply because I enjoy the development process, so I can relate to the thrill of the FA. That said, there are a handful of decent problems and the setting is of course nice, it's the Gorge after all. Nov 10, 2018