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Dark Side (AKA The Siege), The S 
Dirty Deeds (aka Silver Streak) S 
Do it Again S 
French's Doughnut S 
Giant's Direct S 
Giant's Staircase S 
High Voltage, AKA 'Rhoid Rage S 
Jackie Chan S 
Low Voltage S 
Oz S 
Philanthropy S 
Psoriasis S 
Pump-O-Rama S 
Road Face S 
Road Kill S 
Road Rage S 
Static Cling S 
Straw Man S 
Tin Tangle S 
Yellow Brick Road T 

French's Dome  

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Location: 45.39719, -121.85985 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Peter Franzen, Nate Ball, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Peter Franzen on Jan 22, 2006  with updates from Micah Klesick
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French’s Dome is a lone andesite crag located on the flanks of Mt. Hood near the town of Zig Zag, Oregon. Routes range in height from 80ft. to 160ft., and most are well-bolted. The setting is quiet and tranquil, and invokes a feeling of solitude in the old-growth forest. Spectacular views of Mt. Hood abound, and crowds are few.

The climbing is sporty, crimpy, and pumpy.

Due to heavy snowfall this area is strictly a Summer and early Fall crag. The best hours are in the afternoon when the majority of the climbs are in the shade.

Getting There 

To get to French’s Dome take Highway 26 from Portland towards Mt. Hood. In the town of Zig Zag take a left onto Lolo Pass Rd and continue for approximately 6 miles. The dome is not clearly visible from the road, but there is an obvious dirt pullout for parking on the right with a sign. Take the small trail downhill from the parking area to the dome; the majority of the climbs are on the left side of the dome as you're walking down the hill.
a NW Forest Pass is required to park here. You can get one from the ZigZag Ranger station if you don't have one.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.6 miles from here

25 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for French's Dome:
Giant's Staircase   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 60'   
Do it Again   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 70'   
Straw Man   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Oz   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Tin Tangle   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 70'   
Alpha Centauri   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Dirty Deeds (aka Silver Streak)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   
China Man   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   
Crankenstein   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 70'   
Jackie Chan   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Road Face   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 55'   
Pump-O-Rama   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
High Voltage, AKA 'Rhoid Rage   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Dark Side (AKA The Siege)   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 65'   
Psoriasis   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
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Pump-O-Rama 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  OR : Mt Hood : French's Dome
One of the best routes at the crag. Steep, sustained, and pumpy as hell. It's a nice step up in difficulty from Crankenstein due to some smaller holds and fewer rests....[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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we belayed the start of the 3rd pitch of giant's s...
we belayed the start of the 3rd pitch of giant's s...
On top of French's Dome.
On top of French's Dome.
View from the top of the dome
View from the top of the dome
The top 15 ft. of rock is broken, covered in moss,...
BETA PHOTO: The top 15 ft. of rock is broken, covered in moss,...
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giants staircase starts here and goes left. there...

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By Kathleen Walker
Jan 30, 2006
Access to French's Dome is not free and unregulated. The trailhead is a Northwest Forest Pass (NWFP)site. Users may purchase a $5 daily pass or a $30 annual pass. 80% of the Northwest Forest Pass revenues go directly back to the ground - maintaining trails and sites like this. NWFP funds were used in 2005 on French's Dome to get engineered drawings and a contract package developed to construct climbing platforms. These climbing platforms will replace the eroded hillsides and user created stop gap measures that are currently on site. The total cost of this project (scheduled to start in Spring of 2006)is over $50,000 so please support the NWFP program as it paid for this work. Your fees will also pay for a porta-potty at the site to reduce the white flowers and worse in the woods around the crag. Volunteers that work on trails on the Mt. Hood Forest receive annual Northwest Forest Passes as recognition awards for 2 days of work. See Forest website for more info. Frenches Dome can be busy when local mountain snow-board and ski camp groups are using it on summer afternoons.
By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Jan 30, 2006
Yikes. Sorry! Edited the description regarding the access issues.
By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Jul 10, 2007
French's just had a ton of work done on the retaining walls and trails. They've really been beefed up, and the whole effort looks awesome. Thanks to anyone out there who put in some hard hours out there!
By adam winslow
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Jun 29, 2008
phillip, I just climbed the route to the right of China Man today. It is called Jackie Chan. I got this info from a guy named phillip - you? I can't rate it because I hang-dogged my way up but the beginning is the hardest part (possibly in the 12a or b range). Now that the retaining walls are in place you can start up one retaining wall for a hard 5.11 climb.
By cheryl anders
May 2, 2012
Does anyone know any history about French's Dome?
By Aimee Rose
From: Bend, or
Jun 11, 2013
Anyone know if the road is open now?
By Rami Najjar
Aug 19, 2013
Are there really only 18 routes?
By jeb013
From: Portland
Aug 19, 2013
The guide book shows 23 routes and I believe a few more have gone in since it was published.
By Adra
From: Portland, OR
Aug 21, 2014
In case anyone is wondering, the road is no longer blocked as of Fall 2014.
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