Not put off by a longer approach? Escape the crowds and mid-day sun of The Dihedrals with these options to get to the West Side Crags.

You can hump it up and over Asterisk Pass, come down the Misery Ridge Trail, or go the long way around the Southern Tip on the River Trail. To go over Asterisk Pass take a left at the bridge along the River Trail for just over .25 miles. Then head up just past Christian Brothers for an 80′ elevation gain rock scramble. Rope use is recommended to get over the pass.

Spread over .5 miles, many different rock walls make up the area. Some include such notables such as Spiderman Buttress, the 350 foot Mesa Verde Wall, and the short, but fun climbs of the Pleasure Palace. Good for you and your independent spirit to take the road less traveled.

climber on Mesa Verde Wall of the West Side Crags at Smith Rock State Park

climber on Mesa Verde Wall of the West Side Crags at Smith Rock State Park

climber on Snake Rock of the West Side Crags at Smith Rock State Park

climber on Snake Rock of the West Side Crags at Smith Rock State Park


Have fun on these and others you find to your liking: (All are rated 3-star in Alan Watts' Guidebook, with * noting a 4-star)


Snake Rock


5.10:

  • Iguanas on Elm Street 5.10c  sport, 6 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Hemp Liberation 5.10d  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
     

5.12:

  • Lords of Karma 5.12c  sport, 13 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Made in the Shade 5.12c  sport, 4 bolts, 1 pitch

  • *Split Image 5.12d  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch


Angel Flight Crags


Follies of Youth Block



5.9:

  • Youthful Indiscretion (aka Wisdom of Age)  sport, 3 bolts, 1 pitch


Spiderman Buttress


5.7:

  • In Harm's Way  mixed to 2 inches, 2 pitches

  • *Spiderman  trad, gear to 3 inches, 2 pitches

  • Spiderman Variation  trad, gear to 3 inches, 2 pitches

  • Squashed Spider  sport, 7 bolts, 1 pitch
     

5.8:

  • Out of Harm's Way  mixed to 1.5 inches, 1 pitch
     

5.9:

  • Doctor Doom  trad, gear to 6 inches, 2 pitches

  • Widow Maker R  trad, gear to 2 inches,  2 pitches
     

5.10:

  • Explosive Energy Child 5.10d Rmixed to 1 inch, 2 pitches
     

5.12:

  • Death Takes a Holiday 5.12a  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch


Mesa Verde Wall


5.5:

  • Western Chimney R  trad, gear to 3 inches, 1 pitch

5.9:

  • Sundown  trad, gear to 2 inches, 1 pitch
     

5.10:

  • Cosmos 5.10a  sport, 7 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Tale of Two Shitties 5.10a  mixed to 2.5 inches, 3 pitches

  • *Trezlar 5.10a  trad, gear to 2.5 inches, 2 pitches

  • Down's Syndrome 5.10a R  mixed to 2 inches, 1 pitch

  • *Screaming Yellow Zonkers 5.10b  sport, 9 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Planet Luxury 5.10c  sport, 11 bolts, 1 pitch

  • *Moons of Pluto 5.10d  sport, 9 bolts, 1 pitch
     

5.11:

  • Bad Moon Rising 5.11a  sport, 11 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Cows in Agony 5.11a  sport, 6 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Desolation Row 5.11a  mixed to 2.5 inches, 2 pitches

  • Reason to Be 5.11a  sport, 4 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Minas Morgul 5.11d  mixed to 2.5 inches, 1 pitch
     

5.12:

  • Shadow of Doubt 5.12a  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Juniper Face 5.12b  sport, 7 bolts, 1 pitch
     

5.13:

  • Long Time Gone 5.13a  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch


Pleasure Palace


5.10:

  • Xanadu 5.10a  sport, 6 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Red Scare 5.10b sport, 7 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Aggro Bumbly 5.10d  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
     

5.11:

  • Bop Til You Drop 5.11a  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch


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