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Madrone Wall

Madrone Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Peter Franzen on Jan 22, 2006
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Please note that the Madrone wall is still closed entirely for rock climbing, as it has been since 1997. MORE INFO >>>


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Please note that the Madrone wall is still closed entirely for rock climbing, as it has been since 1997. Nevertheless it'd be great to put some information up here for Portland's most beloved crag.

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By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Jan 24, 2006
Would it be ok with the community to put directions to Madrone on the site? Part of me feels that it's good information to have out there, but I don't want to do anything to encourage people to go out there while it's closed.
By peachy spohn
Sep 16, 2008
SAT. SEPT. 27th
10am - 1pm
By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Sep 17, 2008
That's great news Matt. Are any more details available as to how this came about? When is it going to be officially open for climbing?
By Ian G.
From: PDX, OR
Apr 25, 2009
Seeing as how the crag has been "closed" since '97, anyone know what kind of condition the hardware here is in?
By Teh Phuzzy
May 18, 2010
There are three sessions of trail rebuilding at Madrone Wall this summer. The first one is this Sunday, the 23th of May '10. Hope to see some of you out there and be sure to sign up with REI.
By lauren wildflower
Jun 7, 2010
we ran into some rangers posting a no trespassing sign this past weekend. they told us they would be patrolling the area more now that the area is county property, and warned us that any climbers found on the property could get a "hefty fine." we asked how long it would be closed like this, and they said about two years. :(
By tymebldr
Aug 21, 2012
Hi Pete,

It's August 2012. I am not seeing any updates on Madrone. Is Keith Daellenbach still involved? News articles in the past seemed to indicate that this wall would be open by now.

By Mr. Holmes
From: Cascade West
Oct 16, 2012
Yes, Keith is still very much involved as he is in charge of the Madrone Wall Preservation Committee (and has been since '97)

The current status is that the county has approved it as a public park but issues regarding facilities (parking waste disposal, etc.) have slowed the already slow bus.

For now it is asked that all climbers respect the no climbing/trespassing sanction. I will post with more information as it becomes available.

By fiaherman
Jan 16, 2014
Its just past the town of carver on the left maybe 1.5 miles on a abandoned road on with a gate saying no trespassing.
By fiaherman
Jan 16, 2014
Its gets business by locals who don't want anyone their. bolts are rusty but cops don't show up if you park just down the road and walk in.
By Jeff Hofheins 1
From: Portland, OR
Aug 22, 2015
Why was it closed in the first place?
By hemp22
Aug 24, 2015
The county had the idea to make money by turning it into a quarry, so they closed it to the public. Fortunately, climbers and volunteers stepped in and got an economic assessment completed, which showed that there wouldn't be any financial benefit to doing so. And it has sat "closed" ever since.
But, recent updates are that the county is finally moving forward with turning the site into a park, although construction on that is still at least a year or two away.