Let’s get moving upward–literally! The cooler temperatures of early fall weather provide the perfect atmosphere for outdoor climbing. Oregon has rocks, walls, boulders, mountains and more to climb; you name, we’ve got it. From the coast to the desert there are rock climbing locales for all levels and with breathtaking scenery to boot. Pick your pleasure, bring a camera and the essentials and start your ascent!

One of the most well known rock climbing locations in the state is Smith Rock in Central Oregon. It’s a destination for climbers around the world, with hundreds of climbing paths that crawl through majestic rock formations above Crooked River Canyon. But that’s just the beginning. Central Oregon has rock climbing on the Three Sisters Mountains, Mount Jefferson, Washington and Brokentop Mountain and at Three Finger Jack.

Just outside the big city of Portland you’ll find many rock climbing routes to explore. At Broughton Bluff in Troutdale there are lots of areas to get started. Rat Cave is where city dwellers go to practice their climbing. Rocky Butte State Park has a fun bouldering park on the Schwingus cliffs.

French’s Dome is a challenging rock climbing adventure set in the wooded area near Mt. Hood. And Bulo Point near Hood River has a good selection of moderate routes.

The Callahans are a series of sandstone crags in Southern Oregon that sit 1,500 vertical feet above the Flournoy Valley, on a fir-tree-covered hill. There are over 200 places to climb and with breathtaking views. You can also boulder in the foothills of Ashland at the Ashland Boulders.

There are numerous rock climbing locales in Oregon, find the perfect one for you and get started!

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