From the Washington State Park's Page [www.parks.wa.gov/474/Beacon-Rock]: Beacon Rock offers excellent opportunities for rock climbing, and is considered to be some of the very best "Traditional Climbing" in the northwest. Climbers do need to be aware of where and when they climb due to management restrictions. Only the NW corner is open to climbing year round. The east face is closed year round due to environmental sensitivity. The rest of Beacon Rock is closed to rock climbing from February 1 to mid July annually to protect sensitive wildlife habitat. Call the park at (509) 427-8265 for more information.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
Sky Fishermen is one if the best, most aesthetic lines in the Portland area. It has some of everything: dihedral, arÍte, face, and crack. The position, above Beacon Towers, is amazing! Begin up an open dihedral to get to the first bolt. A technical series of left hand underlings and hip scums takes you to better holds and the second bolt (place #4 stoppers between). Then the crux, a desperate foot match and traverse to the arÍte out left. Keep it together through some wild slaps and a crazy cross to a good left hand edge. Then work back left via face moves and up through a little roof. Finally, commence up the most spectacular dihedral Oregon or Washington has to offer!
Just left of Borderline.
4 Bolts. 5 stoppers (#4 - 6). Two metolius #2s.
Comments on Sky Fishermen (free variation of Grunge Book)
I freed Sky Fisherman again yesterday and I just want to say again that it is a great route! The best of the grade in PDX! One reason for climbing it so soon after my ascent, besides the fun, was that I know a few aid groups have gone up it the past couple weeks. I understand that Beacon is an aid climbing haven, but I would like to give my input -(which is probably being overly cautious as I know many of the aid climbers in the area and their ability to properly place and hammer)- and nudge as nicely as I can for aiders to use caution when pounding, as it can permanently alter a beautiful line. I am proud to say that Sky Fisherman is in tip-top shape! Clean aid is always best, but I know not always the only option. I would hate to see holds broken or altered...all this is simply coming from a free climbers worried mind. I don't mean to cause riffs or arguments, but I am simply pleading to use caution as both Sky Fisherman and Wild Turkeys are great free climbing additions to Beacon that would be a true loss if they were destroyed.