The Rail Road crag in Lake Oswego provides a nice after work session. The routes consist of broken columnar basalt roughly 35 feet tall. Many of the routes are low angle in the start and moderately steep at the finish. Because of this the RR crag is a great place to take new climbers/ new leaders. All routes are bolted and usually have cold shut anchors. There are 12 routes if you do not follow obvious lines of weakness; this make many of the lines quite contrived. Regardless of the RR crag's contrived nature, the place is actually quite fun.
There are 12 routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.11a, most of which are 5.7 to 5.9
From Portland take I 5 south, get off at Cruz Way/ 217 exit towards Lake Oswego. Left on Lower Boones Ferry Rd, Merge right onto Country Club Rd. At the 8-way stop turn right onto Iron Mountain Rd. Turn Left on Berwick Rd. Follow through winding neighborhood approx .5 miles, Turn left on Troon rd. Park on right side of road near the rail road tracks. the crag is about 500 feet west.
Unfortunately it looks like this crag has been shutdown. Stopped by here this afternoon(2/15/09) with a friend who has been climbing this crag for 10 years, only to find "No Trespassing" signs up everywhere. I'd be interested to hear if anyone knows anything about the circumstances of this spot getting shutdown...Thanks...Happy climbing!!
I would be interested to know what the situation is here. This was my very FIRST climbing area. My first lead was here. Would be f'in lame if the RR people shut it down. Seems they have no problem with teenagers smoking weed and bums snorting meth all along the tracks...but hey, it's Lake Oswego, so it would not surprise me if a "landowner" started bitching to the LOPD.
I've heard that the RR has been totally un-responsive to requests from the Access Fund to discuss the situation. So, still no word yet as to whether the closure is a response to concerns over climbing, or just concerns over all the various other "users" walking along the tracks.
There are definitely "No Trespassing" signs below the cliffs, but I believe that the cliff faces themselves belong to a climber-friendly landowner. I'm talking with him to get the exact details about access here, and I'll post an update when I learn anything.
I heard thru the grapevine that the railroad considers climbers a liability issue, as usual. I don't know whether they are worried about us getting run over or killing ourselves...Seems kind of silly, especially since those trains run MAYBE once every two days. I wouldn't normally care, because this crag in reality does suck...but I live 5 minutes away.
Hi Pete, Yeah, this place is off limits. Signs are posted and and LOPD will cite you. Expect a $250 fine + community service of 50 hours. The judge will require you to bring a lawyer. ($500 for that) I have posted this in other rock climbing sites. Ref: Iron Mountain crag or Lake Oswego slab.