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A Few Tense Moments 
Aloha Direct 
Bat Crack 
Beginner's Route 
Black out 
Blister in the Sun 
Block Party 
Blue Suede Shoes 
Blue-Tailed Skink 
Breathe the Air 
By Hook or by Crook 
Captain Winkie 
Cassidy's Crack 
Chicken Pox 
Chubby Hubby 
Chunky Monkey 
Clavical Crack  
Clean Sweep 
Crack Atowa 
Crimp or Wimp 
Cruisin' to a Bruisin' 
Dawg Daze 
Deep Impact 
Digital Delight  
Diving Board, The 
Doc Holiday 
Dog Show 
Drama Queen 
Eaten Alive 
Eighteen Wheeler 
Epiphany roof 
Etched in Stone  
Fab Slab 
Face Lift 
Face the Crook 
Face the Facts 
Feat Petite 
Final Exam 
Final Shred, The 
Fish for the Future 
Flaked out 
Freddys Dead 
Funny Trumpets Arete 
Get a Grip 
Gome Boy 
Gran Delusion 
Hang 'em Higher or Throwin' Fire 
Hawaiian Slab 
Hospital Corner 
Indian Summer 
Iron Cross 
Jack and Jill 
Johnny Nowhere 
Johnny's Got a Gun 
Junior Birdman 
Last Dance, The 
Learning to Fly 
Lively Up Yourself 
Longtime Coming 
M and M's 
Maid in the Shade 
Mantle with Care 
Mark's Route 
Marley's Route 
Mirage a' Trois 
Mojo Rising 
Moufot's Woof  
Mountain Ears Route 
Moving to Manhatten 
Mr. Flexible  
Mud Crack 
Noble Slabbage 
Nurse Ratchet 
Nut Up 
On My Face 
Oot and Aboot 
Oregon Yosemite 
Passing Lane 
Phish Food 
Plumber Boy 
Pod of God 
Puppets Without Strings  
Rally Race 
Sfinks Crack 
Shagadelic Groove 
Skinny Hippie 
Snack Time for Kea  
Snapped it Off 
Something Else 
Special Delivery 
Spiral Stairs 
Split Decision 
Spring Cling 
Spring Fever 
Steppin' Out 
Summertime Arete 
Triple Arthrodesis 
Triple Threat 
Unnamed 12b 
Van Golden Brown 
Welcome to Spring Mountain 
Welcome to Spring Mountain (Direct Start) 
Worth the Walk 

Spring Mountain 

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The cliffs as viewed on the drive in.


A surprising number of good routes spring out of the timber at this cragging area in NE Oregon. There is a nice variety of sport and trad climbs anywhere from 5.4 to 5.13 on fairly solid andesite. Most of the climbs are about a half pitch in length but there are a few multi-pitch routes that top out.

The crag is nestled in the Blue Mountains and has an excellent vista of the nearby mountains including Mount Emily that overlooks the nearby Grande Ronde Valley. Large talus fields line the base of the crag and create an area for lazy belayers and bystanders to soak in the sun. The relatively high elevation and ability to find shady areas makes this an ideal summer crag for those hanging out in Eastern Oregon. Most people wait till the snow melts (usually April) to venture up the gravel roads.

These days the crag gets fairly crowded on the weekends with an influx of climbers from Walla Walla and Portland but usually climbers can still get a secluded feel by skipping the first talus field.

Getting There 

From La Grande: head west on I-84 until you reach the "Summit Road, Mt. Emily" exit (#243) continue to the right on the Summit Rd. for about 8 miles until you see a sign on the right that says "Whitman Route Overlook" and take the gravel road on the left. Along this road you will see multiple pull-outs where people camp and after about a mile there will be a small gravel road to the right (directly after a down-hill grade) that winds up hill. Take this road for about 1/4 mile until you reach a parking area where boulders block the road. The trail follows the road for a short distance then heads up to the left for another 10-15 minutes to the crag. The road is usually passable for any vehicle (once the snow melts).

From Pendleton: Head east on I-84 for about 30 miles till you reach exit 243 (the "Summit Rd., Mount Emily" exit). Take the exit to the left over the freeway and follow directions above from La Grande.

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['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Spring Mountain:
Hawaiian Slab   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Sport   
Bat Crack   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Pod of God   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Spring Fever   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 70'   
Flaked out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Geophysical   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Epiphany roof   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Rally Race   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport   
Black out   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Lorraine   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Mojo Rising   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Arthritis   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Chubby Hubby 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  OR : North Eastern Oregon : Spring Mountain
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By bob branscomb
From: Lander, WY
Aug 3, 2010

I thought at the time we were putting up routes at Spring Mtn in the 1980s that it was one of the best places to climb in that area. I can see why it has become so popular. It's a sweet place. I'll dig around and put in some of the routes we put up then. They aren't real hard, but they are pretty nice.

Bob Branscomb, Lander WY

By Tas Haugen
Aug 5, 2010

I'm planing to be on camp at spring for bear season no later than this friday. In high hopes of cleaning up a possibile boulder route I saw a few years back. That is, if it hasn't already been discovered. I shall try my best to obtain the angled pics needed so that the people can generalize and try to relate a routes difficulty by its image. Should have them ready to be posted next week,,that is if "mt.project inc" deems them worthy. Could use a fellow climbing hand and insight, if anyone would like to lend it. Tas

By Johnny All
Mar 21, 2011

This guy is totally gonna go check this out. Been up that way a million times and just never took that turn. Will post pics if I find it. And this is one of the closest to Pendleton

By Matt Collins
From: Chico,CA
May 15, 2011

Just went there today for the first time since fall. It's a great little crag to go to. A good mix of climbing, something for all skill sets. There is also a multi pitch and some trad spread throughout to try. I will take pictures next time I make it out there and post up.

By Bill Ballace
From: Pullman,WA
Aug 29, 2011

Really great area!! definitely worth checking out. One of my favorite things about SM is that there are plenty of routes of many grades. It is a great place to take beginners and hardmen/women.

By David J. Thompson
From: Hood River
Sep 27, 2011

Hey, does anyone know a good place camp around Spring Mountain? Bringing several kids of all ages as well.

By Bill Ballace
From: Pullman,WA
Sep 27, 2011

David, there are loads of free camping spots before you get to the crag and if you drive past the final turn up to the crag there are nice spots as well. No camping at the trail head. If you are headed down this weekend the place is crawling with hunters so it might be a bit crowded but you will find a place.

By Kemper Brightman
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 25, 2012

I'm a big fan of Spring and was surprised to see only a few of the many great climbs added to this page. I've added a few more and plan to add the rest in the near future. The ratings and descriptions are courtesy of Kevin Pogue, who's complete Spring guide can be found here

If you have experience with a specific route(s) feel free to message me with any edits you might have.

By Phil Chi
From: Sisters, OR
Jul 29, 2012

The road to Spring is forest road 31-09. Stop by the Forest Service offices in Walla Walla, Pendleton, or La Grande for maps.