Altitude 1425m a.s.l
A surprising number of good routes spring out of the timber at this cragging area in NE Oregon. There is a nice variety of sport and trad climbs anywhere from 5.4 to 5.13 on fairly solid Andesite. There are a number of mixed routes, (Trad with the odd bolt to protect difficult ares), these are listed as Trad but mentioned in the route description as "mixed". Most of the climbs are about a half pitch in length but there are a few multi-pitch routes that top out.
The crag is nestled in the Blue Mountains and has an excellent vista of the nearby mountains including Mount Emily that overlooks the nearby Grande Ronde Valley. Large talus (boulder) fields line the base of the crag and create an area for lazy belayers and bystanders to soak in the sun. The relatively high elevation and ability to find shady areas makes this an ideal summer crag for those hanging out in Eastern Oregon. Most people wait till the snow melts (usually April) to venture up the gravel roads.
These days the crag gets fairly crowded on the weekends with an influx of climbers from Walla Walla and Portland but usually climbers can still get a secluded feel by skipping the first talus field.
for best guide available visit: http://people.whitman.edu/~pogue/climbing/spring_mountain_guide.html
From La Grande: head west on I-84 until you reach the "Summit Road, Mt. Emily" exit (#243) continue to the right on the Summit Rd. for about 8 miles until you see a sign on the right that says "Whitman Route Overlook" and take the gravel road on the left. Along this road you will see multiple pull-outs where people camp and after about a mile there will be a small gravel road to the right (directly after a down-hill grade) that winds up hill. Take this road for about 1/4 mile until you reach a parking area where boulders block the road. The trail follows the road for a short distance then heads up to the left for another 10-15 minutes to the crag. The road is usually passable for any vehicle (once the snow melts).
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