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The Drive In Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 3,500'
Location: 43.996, -121.0192 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

At 3.7 miles in along sandy trail, this group of 10 to 25 feet high labyrinth-like meandering basalt cliffs are sure to grant you solitude. There are many excellent, easy routes (many are 5.4-5.8) in this remote high desert environment. Most of the climbing rock is generally solid, but the the top of the cliffs are commonly loose.

A top-rope anchor could be made with trad gear in cracks at the top of many routes, BUT due the short nature of the climbs, soft sandy landings, and common loose rock on top of most climbs, for many climbers bouldering may be much more ideal than roped climbing.

Camping is allowed in the area, but there is no water or restrooms available in this high desert wilderness.

For an extensive overview of routes at The Drive In, check out the Falcon Guide, Rock Climbing Oregon by Adam R. Bolf and Benjamin P. Ruef. Most of the routes in this book offer clean rock and easy, fun climbing.

Getting There 

Head East out of Bend on US Highway 20 for about 17 miles. There are two signed turn-offs on your left for the Oregon Badlands Wilderness. Take the second signed turnoff for Badlands Rock Trail.

Hike the Badlands rock trail for 2.9 miles to Badlands Rock. Continue on the Badlands Rock Trail — at 0.75 miles further a wide dirt trail splits off to the left leading you the mere 25 feet away to the entrance of The Drive In.

The trails are very flat and wide, but consist of tiring soft sand.

Climbing Season

For the Central Oregon area.

Weather station 11.3 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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