Elevation: 17 ft
GPS: 46.295, -124.074 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jefferson Ashby on Sep 3, 2018
Admins: Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

Description

A popular campground, this area was formed by the sea. Situated at the mouth of the Columbia River, it is where Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean. It has a multitude of rock formations, most of which are easily accessible. Some are even in the middle of the camps. The rock formations are mostly sea stacks, cliffs eroded into pillars by crashing waves and wind. However, sediment buildup from the Columbia over the last few hundred years has caused these rocks to now be hundreds of feet inland.

The rock is basalt, and while it is often mossy, there are still several faces clean enough to climb. Lots of highball bouldering can be found here, along with some promising, longer face climbs.

I have rated most of the climbs here with the V rating system, but take all grades with a grain of salt. Many stretch the definition of what can be called a boulder problem. Many are highballs, wander all over, or are easier than the grade (although I tried to be accurate). 

Getting There

Cape Disappointment is two miles south of Ilwaco. From Kelso, take Ocean Beach Highway to the tiny town of Naselle. Here, make a left onto SR 401, driving for 12 miles to a junction of Highway 101, where a left turn would take you over the Astoria Bridge. Drive straight through this intersection, continuing on Hwy 101 for 11 miles to the city of Ilwaco and the junction of SR 100.

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