Rock Climbing 2018-03-27T01:53:28+00:00

Rock Climbing

Hang with us. Rock climbing is one of the favorite sports in the Columbia Gorge. There are many local crags and routes located just minutes away from downtown Hood River. With Smith Rocks, possibly the greatest rock climbing in America and maybe even the world, only a couple hours away. From careful beginners to crags that challenge the pros, the climbing opportunities are diverse and plentiful here in the Gorge.

Tommy Lisbin

Rock Climbing Resources:

There are several popular rock climbing spots in Mt. Hood National Forest. The best known are: French’s Dome, Bulo Point, and Pete’s Pile.

  • Frenches Dome is a small, volcanic dome with bolted routes just a short hike from Forest Road 18 (Lolo Pass Road) in Clackamas County (Lat/Long: 45.39788, -121.86013).
  • Bulo Point is a crag with 15+ bolted routes just north of Badger Creek Wilderness in Wasco County (Lat/Long: 45.37820, -121.47010).
  • Pete’s Pile is a popular climbing area along Hwy 35 in Hood River County (Lat/Long: 45.39950, -121.57079).

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has information on several popular rock climbing spots in Mt. Hood National Forest.