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Flagstone Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,100'
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Flagstone is a beautiful rock found just off a forest service backroad in the Oregon wilderness. Originally discovered in the mid 1980's, this crag remained a "locals only" crag for many years. In recent years sadly the rock has become littered with an ungodly amount of bolts. More than a few climbers are outraged, including many of the original pioneers of the crag. Still, the crag has several nice lines.

The rock has three aspects facing North, East, and West. A trail skirts the entire rock and can be used as a walk-off descent from the top. The rock is andesite and of high quality. The best climbs combine friction, edges, and balance together on dark grey rock. At times the place can be secluded and other times you'll feel cramped. Since it is a small place be courteous.

Getting There 

From I-5 and Eugene take highway 126 east for about 35-40 miles. Really watch the odometer and look for a sign on the right for Quartz Creek Road. Turn onto a narrow road and go over a narrow bridge. This road becomes a forest road #2618. Enjoy viewing clearcuts for the next 14.5 miles and taking a right fork at milepost 11, a left fork at milepost 13. At the junction of 2618 and 350 stay right for another 1/8th of a mile and park in a pullout on the right side of the road. The crag is up and to the left.

Although somewhat obscured from the road there is a climbers trail that leads past a message board and up to the crag (5min)

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.3 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Flagstone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Flagstone:
Toy Box   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   NW Corner
Acne Problem   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   Hydrotube Area
High Noon   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Walts Wall
Hydrotube   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   Hydrotube Area
Scarface   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Hydrotube Area
Deep Pockets   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Walts Wall
Paradicey   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Walts Wall
Morning Desire   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Walts Wall
Walt's Wall   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Walts Wall
Games Without Frontiers   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Hydrotube Area
Understanding Pinches   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Walts Wall
Joy Luck Club   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   North Wall
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Featured Route For Flagstone
Rock Climbing Photo: Games Without Frontiers

Games Without Frontiers 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Oregon : Willamette Valley : ... : Hydrotube Area
Climb up into a shallow dihedral, then turn the arête next to it and continue up into another shallow dihedral. After exiting the second dihedral to the right, the crux pulls a small bulge on edges and sidepulls. After this, continue up easier slabby terrain to a two-bolt anchor. The three-dimensional terrain of dihedrals and arêtes makes for some interesting moves on this route....[more]   Browse More Classics in Oregon

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By Aaron Hobson
From: Clinton, TN
Mar 20, 2006
While I was working in the Willamette national forest (summer 2003 and 2004), I climbed here a number of times, but I never learned much about the routes. I taught several friends of mine the joys of multi-pitch climbing on one of the "easy" and exhaustively bolted climbs on the northern slabs. Despite the small size of the crag, it has a great selection climbs.
By Kevin W. Corcoran
Oct 16, 2008
Flagstone is a very nice crag in a beautiful, secluded setting. The season there is fairly short, as the crag gets significant snowfall in the colder months. It is usually late Spring or Summer by the time the road melts out. For route beta, check out Rock Climbing Western Oregon: Willamette Valley.
By Ian G.
From: PDX, OR
May 18, 2009
I went to college in Eugene and climbed several times at Flagstone. The climbing is not world class, but the setting is. I have fond memories of topping out a route as the sun was setting behind the forested hills. I've travelled all over the world and nowhere is as beautiful as Oregon in the summer. If you are travelling through the area, give this place a chance. It's also...ahem..."well-bolted."

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