Rooster Rock Rock Climbing
|GPS:||45.544, -122.251 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Mike Zasadzien on May 20, 2014|
|Admins:||Roberta Zouain, Kristy Tippey, Nate Ball, Micah Klesick|
Seen as good light trad practice or introduction for beginners to alpine-style climbing; Rooster Rock offers a 4th class scramble with a low 5th class finish that makes this one a favorite for a unique view in the gorge. A couple other variations and routes do exist however, but the rock itself can get easily crowded if there's even more than a single climbing team out there. So, beware on nice sunny weekends...
Can be climbed year round, but more typically late spring once the rains slow down, and into late fall; as the rock can be extremely slippery once wet.
Also to note that this column is made out of Oregon's finest loose rock, so be very mindful of hand placements as well as protection; some rocks have kindly been marked with chalked X's, but do proceed with caution. Be mindful and wear a helmet!
Here is a link to a GPX track from the West parking area to Rooster Rock that you can look at and download if you want. GPX Track Link
Try to get to the westernmost part of the lot near the bathrooms, and on foot cross the state park just east of the lagoon with a b-line directly to the interstate. There you'll find a fence that ramps upwards and westwards, and you'll get to walk on the other side of the barrier of the shoulder of the interstate. Walk on down just past the "Portland 22" mile marker sign, and keep your eyes peeled to the right for a trail that goes upwards into the bushes.
Follow the trail as it curves over to the west and brings you to dead end next to a massive tree.
Classic Climbing Routes at Rooster Rock
Days w Precip