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More Central East Oregon than North but this seems the best place for. With its incredible beauty and as much rock as Smith or City of Rocks, this should be an epic destination for climbing. However, Leslie has a complicated history. Many years ago, local climbers decided to make their own private outdoor gym and drilled routes into two overhanging, blank faces (Einstein and the Asylum). Due to their actions, a bolting ban was initiated and there were discussions about removing the offending routes. The routes and bolts remain and, if you dont mind pulling some drilled pockets, there are many excellent routes ranging from 5.11-5.14. There are also some great trad lines and incredible potential for many new trad lines to be established on the beautiful walls and towers in the park. Just keep in mind that no new bolts or fixed protection is allowed. The rock is the same tuff as Smith Rock and similar in quality (not great in places). For more beta about trad lines and other routes, visit boiseclimbs.com/i84west_are… My intention in posting this is not to cause controversy; it is only to educate climbers about Leslie and get some more people to check it out! Hopefully, in the future, a reasonable management plan will be established that will allow all recreation users to enjoy this amazing place.
Getting There [Edit]
From I-84, take the exit 33A for Highway 55 south. After 15 miles and passing through the town of Marsing, turn left on Highway 95. Another 20 miles, turn right on McBride Creek Road (there is a sign for Leslie Gulch). Follow the signs for 25 miles, until you reach the gulch.
Classic Climbing Routes at Leslie Gulch
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