Comprised of around a dozen cliffs on the outskirts of Portland, Broughton Bluff provides easy access for the local urban climber. Many quality routes ranging from 5.6 topropes to 5.12 leads on Broughton’s jumbled basalt cliffs are available for climbers of all abilities.
Climbing is possible all year at Broughton but is difficult in the winter due to damp and soggy conditions. Late Spring, Summer, and Fall are best.
Broughton Bluff is located at the mouth of the Columbia Gorge near the town of Troutdale. Take I-84 East from Portland to the Lewis & Clark State Park exit, turn left at the stop sign and drive under the railroad bridge, then park in the parking lot on the left. Take the trail leading towards the hillside and follow it up for a few hundred meters to the cliffs.
This stunning line is one of the longest and best climbs at Broughton. The climb is on the north face, facing the Columbia river and can be seen from highway 84. It is usually done in 3 pitches but can be done as one pitch with a 60m rope if long runners are used.Pitch 1: 5.9 The climb starts up a steep crack and then angles left onto the face through a few bolts. Continue up through a small roof (crux) and onto an angled ledge and a 3 bolt belay. Pitch 2: 5.8 Continue up a right facing dih...[more]Browse More Classics in OR
Also, don't leave your stuff in the car. There have been numberous break-ins here with alot of gear getting stolen in the past. I myself have seen broken windows in the parking lot. It's sad but true. Just take everything with you or lock it up out of sight.
WOW!! This is one of the best climbing areas in Portland. It offers a little bit of everything on good solid rock. The routes are interesting and fun...and although some may take a bit to figure out it'll only make you stronger.
I am trying to get the information about a route that begins up Dracula and then veers left after the bolt that is past the rail. I cleaned off the face (and the small roof it pulls over) and did the entire sequence of moves on TR. I would like to add a bolt to it for leading & was also wondering if the route has ever been done? I think Tom Scales?? may have bolted it.
NEED HELP LOCATING A LOST NIKON COOLPIX CAMERA AT BROUGHTON BLUFF. LAST SEEN NEAR THE RESTROOM AND WATER SPIGGET. THE CAMERA IS IN BLACK LEATHER POUCH, INSIDE A BLACK LOWE PRO ZIPPERED CASE. Last seen Wednesday afternoon, July 17.......the last photo was of the poison oak sign near the steps. REWARD!!!!
When my wife and I were dating back in the mid 1950's, we used to climb to the top of the bluff via a path through some large boulders. At some time since then that area slewed off and is now called the Red cliff, or something like that. Back then, the park was just sand and gravel, and blackberry brush. People came there to shoot guns up against the cliff.