Rooster Rock Climbing Crag

Rooster Rock State Park

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Rooster Rock Climbing Crag


  • The approach to Rooster Rock.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Scrambling to the belay station at Rooster Rock.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Larkspur.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • The beginning of the technical section.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Looking west down the Columbia River from Rooster Rock's belay station.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • An osprey keeps watch from its nest near Rooster Rock.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Halfway up the pitch on Rooster Rock.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Sword fern (Polystichum munitum).- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium).- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Grasses find a habitat on Rooster Rock's steep basalt shelves.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Anchored to the belay station on Rooster Rock.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Fixed line on Rooster Rock.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Vista House at Crown Point from Rooster Rock.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Preparing to rappel on Rooster Rock.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Rappeling from the summit of Rooster Rock.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
  • Rappel anchors at the summit of Rooster Rock.- Rooster Rock Climbing Crag
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Overview + Weather
Close to Portland. Short approach hike. Great rappel. Unobstructed views up and down the gorge.
Close to I-84. Long wait if others are on the route.
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Pets allowed: 
Recommended Equipment:
Harness / rope / anchors, Additional ice tools
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade III
Net Elevation Gain: 
180.00 ft (54.86 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
29.00 ft (8.84 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Rooster Rock provides a scenic and beginner friendly alpine-style rock climbing experience just a few minutes from Portland's city limits. Nestled between the Columbia River and Interstate 84, the basalt pinnacle rises approximately 200 feet above the river, which allows for unobstructed summit views up and down the Gorge: you'll see Beacon Rock to the east and the nearby Vista House perched above Crown Point.  The high quality rock, good climbing holds, and long rappel make Rooster Rock a wonderful way to start or finish a day in the Gorge.

From the parking lot on the west end of the state park, walk south through the fields that are just east of the small river inlet, then stay west along I-84. Shortly after passing the mileage sign for Portland, take a trail north that leads to the base of the obelisk. At the end of the trail, the climbing starts with a fourth-class scramble to a bolted anchor at the base of the fifth-class pitch. Head right to the obvious route, where you will find good holds and decent opportunities to place smaller protection. The single 5.4 pitch can be lead with a 60 meter rope, but two ropes are needed for the lengthy rappel from the summit all the way down to the approach trail. Take care to keep your knot from lodging itself into the many notches near the rappel chains.

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