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Location: 45.40519, -121.56839 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Peter Franzen, Nate Ball, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: elmo mecsko on Nov 7, 2006
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Large basalt/rhyolite wall located on the East side of Mount Hood with 35+ traditional routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.11+.
There are lots of nice cracks here that take protection very well. A standard rack will do the trick on most all the routes.
Pay attention to the wood signs that point out the Non-Climbing areas. DO NOT CLIMB IN THESE AREAS! This is due to an endangered plant species and there is a good relationship between the NFS and the climbing comunity.

Getting There 

Take Hwy. 35 South from Hood River for 23 miles to a dirt pull out on the East side of highway. 10 minute approach heads uphill to the base of the wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.6 miles from here

5 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pete's Pile:
Even   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   The Playground
For Pete's Sake   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   The Playground
K-9 Shanghai   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 260'   Lost Dog Wall
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Featured Route For Pete's Pile
Topo of K-9 Shanghai Pitch 1

K-9 Shanghai 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  OR : Mt Hood : ... : Lost Dog Wall
PITCH 1: 5.11a - 100 feet of fun, steep crack that keeps getting harder as you move upward. The overhanging crux leads to bolted anchors.PITCH 2: 5.12a - 60 feet of steep to very overhanging finger/hand crack. Fun and Dynamic movement thru the roof.PITCH 3: 5.10a - Move to the right, climb the steep arete clipping bolts and a few gear placements. Finish thru an overhang to the left to a big ledge with bolted anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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By Greg Coulter
Aug 20, 2007
This area is BEAUTIFUL!!!! The views are amazing and the area is very clean. The no climbing signs are clear yet they should be a bit bigger. The trail going past the no-climb are is overgrown and it may be a good idea to move it a bit downhill to avoid that area all together. Some of the routes are very mossy but overall the area is amazing!!!!
By will.hanson
From: Seattle, WA
Jul 31, 2008
Lots of moss growth on some of the walls/routes. Not much loose rock, but the belayer would probably appreciate a helmet for some of the rock/moss/sand detritus that inevitably gets knocked loose. Sunglasses to keep the moss out of the eyes is also a good idea.

Trail very dusty mid-summer. A kind soul left a tarp to help keep ropes dust free. Necessary to keep your rope even semi-clean.

P.S This place is amazing. Innumerable thanks to the developers.
By T_jones
From: Salt Lake
Aug 4, 2009
This area is decent at best with a lot of potential. Why are you locals trying to hide this??? Some more traffic would go a long way in a place like this for cleaning it up some more.

A surprising amount of newly bolted moderate routes, and plenty of cracks. Don't miss the right fork on the trail to head up to the crag.
By PDub-Trad
From: Corvallis, Oregon
Jul 26, 2012

less concern on the hiding tip - its in a guide! - northwestoregonrock.com

Its a quality spot and the publishing is a good transtion for the area.
By berl
From: Seattle
Jul 27, 2012
this area was published in the 2006 Falcon guide for Oregon- check google books if you don't want to pony up for the paper version.
By Nate Ball
From: Taipei, TW
Sep 13, 2014
This is a sweet-ass trad zone. Views of Mt. Hood's elusive east side and the rushing Hood River below. Splitter basalt columns an hour-and-a-half from Portland. Unknown predecessors have already put up a score of great climbs which are badly in need of some TLC. A crew of us will hopefully be doing some work up there in the next few months - fortifying trails, cleaning cracks, trundling widow-makers, and putting in new lines. If anybody has any questions or knows who to contact about this, please let me know.

Traditionalists, expect good things to come!
By elmo mecsko
From: Lyle, Washington
Oct 25, 2014
Nate, It is great to hear that you have been spending time up at Pete's! Any work cleaning cracks & establishing new routes is very cool. Feel free to give me a shout (drop me an email) and I can get you any historic info & any beta you may need. Ive been wanting to do a run up K9 Shanghai yet this Autumn so I will be looking for people to do that with if you are interested. Cheers
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