Rock Climbing in Rooster Rock State Park

Rooster Rock State Park | Oregon
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Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Rooster Rock

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    Beginner-friendly climbing experience just 30 minutes away from Portland

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    Accessible routes and unobstructed views over the Gorge

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    Rises about 200′ vertically, right on the banks of the Columbia River

Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River just 22 miles east of Portland, Rooster Rock State park offers accessible routes and unique views for rock climbers of all levels. The most popular climbing site in the park is Rooster Rock, an enormous pillar of andesite and basalt that the park was named after. Seen as a scenic and beginner-friendly alpine-style rock climbing experience, the pinnacle rises approximately 200 feet above the river, offering a 4th class scramble with a low 5th class finish with unique unobstructed summit views over the surrounding forest and the Gorge. The route is not very technical and it offers fun exposure over the river — a must for any outdoor enthusiast exploring the Portland area!


Year-round, but usually closed in early summer for falcon nesting

Nearest city

Portland, OR, is half an hour away


1 day

Skill level

Beginner to intermediate


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Climb the Iconic Rooster Rock


Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend half a day climbing the Rooster Rock with an experienced guide! This pinnacle presents a short, but exciting adventure. Climb the classic 2-pitch route on the quality rock and enjoy unobstructed summit views up and down the Gorge before rappelling and finishing your day off with a sense of accomplishment.

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Covid measures in Rooster Rock State Park, OR

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Rooster Rock State Park, please visit Travel Oregon or the official State of Oregon website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A half day of rock climbing (3-4 hours)
    • All technical climbing gear

What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Accommodations
    • Food and snacks

How fit do I need to be?

If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

Rooster Rock State Park has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. However, any previous climbing experience is preferable. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

For intermediate to advanced climbers, Rooster Rock State Park has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

What about required equipment?

All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

    • Helmet
    • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
    • Ropes
    • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
    • First Aid kit

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
    • Rock shoes
    • Water bottle
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans. It can get cold in Rooster Rock during the fall, so please come prepared for chilly temperatures.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • The guest to guide ratio for this private adventure is 2:1, as you’ll be climbing a multi-pitch route.
    • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family. 

Climbing days in Rooster Rock can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Rooster Rock State Park, most people fly into Portland International Airport (PDX), just over 30 minutes away from the climbing site. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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