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Spring Mountain  


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Description 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.2 miles from here

130 Total Routes

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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+ 11 MS 4a     Sport   
Bat Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Chopper   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   
Pod of God   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Chunky Monkey   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Spring Fever   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 70'   
Flaked out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Geophysical   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Epiphany roof   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Rally Race   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   
Lorraine   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Black out   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Mojo Rising   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Arthritis   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Dog Show   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Featured Route For Spring Mountain
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Mojo Rising 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  OR : Northeastern Oregon : Spring Mountain
This is on of the best routes I have climbed at the forested area where the trail comes up to the cliffs. Climb a short slab to a shallow dihedral that moves you out onto the gently overhanging face.The crux for me was some powerful moves on good holds out the overhanging section. Up higher is a really fun left leaning edge....[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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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.
By Nathan Bell
From: La Grande, Oregon
Aug 4, 2014
A little clarification on the road numbers to get you to spring. Once you take the exit off the freeway you are on the 31 road, take a left on 3109, then a right on the 3109 025 spur road. Stay on the main gravel road until you reach the parking lot. Once you hit gravel off of I84 there are no other signs that can help you except road numbers so don't try finding any. I hope this helps.