Routes on French's Dome

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We like French's Dome

French's is a great little crag. 20 or so routes all bolted. Starting with an easy 5.6 that goes all the way to the top, providing a beautiful view of Mt. Hood and a fun free hanging rappel. There's also some tough stuff too: 5.12b/c. There aren't too many routes in the 5.9-10 range, but I guess that's more reason to push into the 11's, right? At about an hour+ from downtown this is a great place to go for a day trip.
French's Dome is in the area of Portland, OR. The dome is located about 5 min off of the main Hwy, followed by a less than 2min hike to the crag, which is awesome! The Basalt rock towers in the forested trees, coming out of nowhere. The rock has a soft touch to it, which is nice for the fingers, but not nice for the falling, loose rock. Routes range from 5.6 to 5.14, but the grades are rated a little harder than they actually are. There is a limited guide book for the area, but you can figure out grades by simply looking at the routes. An easy multi-pitch route takes you to the top of the rock pile, where a beautiful view of Mt. Hood and the surrounding mountains can be seen. This is a great place to meet climbers, as the climbing is condensed, and each route is close to each other. This is also a great place to be able to warm up on easy routes, walk ten feet, and work your project. A great local area!
One of the better areas for Sport climbing in the Portland area. Everything is located around one crag, so you don't have to look far for the next climb. Very short hike from the parking area. It is well shaded, making it a great summer spot.

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