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Seasonal restrictions are applied to specific areas on the Umpqua National Forest for natural resource protection, including wildlife protection. These restrictions are utilized to protect certain wildlife species during their breeding cycle. Some species are very susceptible to human disturbance, and even minimal contact or entry into areas utilized for breeding can negatively impact their reproductive effort. For this reason, a seasonal restriction is applied and access into the area is prohibited. The seasonal restriction applied to an area may be lifted if the results of monitoring indicate that keeping the restriction in place is no longer necessary. Rock climbing is one of many activities with the potential to affect local natural resources.
For more information Visit: fs.usda.gov/recarea/umpqua/…
Acker Rock is the one of the finest destinations for adventure climbing in Southern Oregon, with numerous climbs scaling hundreds of feet. Initially known for the fire lookout on top, it is now a place for climbers to explore climbing in a rather remote area. Acker Rock contains 20 established routes. These routes are predominately slab-friction adventure climbs that range in difficulty from 5.5 to 5.10c. Seventy percent of the routes on Acker Rock are rated 5.9 or less. Routes range on length from 80 feet to over 2,000 feet on the Peregrine Traverse. All routes are sparsely bolted by sport climbing standards, but can be backed up with a light rack covering ½ to 4 inches. The rock is a coarse grained rhyodacitic welded tuff that has been altered through faulting. If you wish to reserve the lookout on top of the crag, you can do so online. The rental season runs from late July to November, and reservations can be made at recreation.gov/camping/camp…. The lookout tends to be booked quickly. The rock does contain Peregrine, which can be seen flying around throughout the year. As a friend once told me, “If you don’t see a Peregrine at Acker, you aren’t paying attention”. Bald Eagles are also seen in the region. As a result, there is an annual closure from January 1st until July 1st. There is also an endemic buckwheat that grows throughout the rock formation.
From I-5 take Canyonville exit, taking Douglas County Highway 1 to Tiller, OR. Go NE on BLM Road 28 for 16.8 mi. Turn right on NF-28/S Umpqua Road. Go 1.9 mi and turn right on NF-29 at Buckeye Creek bridge, Go 5.7 mi (paved) and turn left on NF-2838 (gravel), Go 1.5 mi and turn left on NF-950. Drive to the gate and park on the side. Do not block the gate.
Hike up hill on NF-950 about 0.5 mile carefully looking for pink or orange flagged trail entrance on left side of road.
Follow flagged trail about 0.5 mile to reach the climbing. First main wall will be Observation Rock, trail ends at the Sunbowl.
Classic Climbing Routes at Acker Rock
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