Best Climbing in Oregon

This list represents the most popular climbing in Oregon. Use this list to plan your next Oregon climbing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Mount Hood


Standing at more than 11,000 feet only 50 miles east of Portland, Mount Hood dominates the Columbia River Gorge and most of northwestern Oregon in the same way Mount Rainier commands the view from Pug…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Government Camp, OR - Climbing BestClimbing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Three Fingered Jack


Three Fingered Jack is among the oldest high volcanoes in the Cascades. The complex internal structure of the now dormant volcano, along with the ravages of erosion by former glaciers, have combined t…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Sisters, OR - Climbing BestClimbing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. South Sister


Few visitors to central Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness can forget their first view of South Sister. Majestically rising 10,358 feet above the surrounding forest, South Sister is a fine example of a…
From the guidebook "75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents"
Sisters, OR - Climbing - 12.4 miles BestClimbing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#4. Three Sisters


The Sisters are three prominent volcanoes situated just west of Bend, each rising to just over 10,000 feet. The peaks are moderately glaciated, although these glaciers are mild and relatively uncrevas…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Bend, OR - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Mount Thielsen


Mount Thielsen is known as "The Lightning Rod of the Cascades" because its summit horn stands so high and is struck by lightning seemingly more often than the summit of any other Cascade peak. Reasons…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Diamond Lake, OR - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. High Rock Road


A beautiful drive along the mountain crest that lies between the North Fork Clackamas River and the Roaringiver. The road skirts the southern boundary of the Salmon- Huckleberry Wilderness before it t…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Estacada, OR - Climbing, Off-Highway Drives - 25.8 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#7. Mount Hood - Oregon Highpoint


Highpoint rank by height: 13th. Mount Hood is one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the United States (Mt. Fuji in Japan is the most frequently climbed mountain in the world) and is also the…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Government Camp, OR - Climbing - 6 miles
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#8. Mount Washington


Mount Washington, another rotten remnant of a former volcano, has a well-founded reputation for loose rock. Indeed, within ten years of the mountain's first ascent, the original route had disintegrate…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Sisters, OR - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Middle Sister


Middle Sister is the smallest of the Three Sisters in central Oregon’s high Cascades. Although not as old as her two-pinnacled sister to the north, nor as tall as South Sister, Middle Sister neverthel…
From the guidebook "75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents"
Sisters, OR - Climbing - 16.4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#10. Diamond Peak


Diamond Peak, south of Willamette Pass, is a distinctive landmark with its broad flanks and often-snowy slopes. The Diamond Peak Wilderness is home to its namesake peak and several other eroded volcan…
From the guidebook "75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents"
Oakridge, OR - Climbing - 10 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#11. Strawberry Mountain


The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is alpine country. The Strawberry Range, part of the discontinuous Blue Mountains, has rugged peaks and ridges that will delight any scrambler. The geology of the St…
From the guidebook "75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents"
John Day, OR - Climbing - 10.2 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#12. Mount Jefferson


Oregon's second-highest mountain is Mount Jefferson, a striking peak situated between Albany and Bend in north-central Oregon. Like Mount Hood, "Jeff is a landmark of the Oregon Cascades. Smaller than…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Detroit, OR - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Rock of Ages


The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is one of Oregon’s outdoor playgrounds. While there are many hikes, scrambles, and rock climbs, most are well traveled. Rock of Ages is a scramble up a ve…
From the guidebook "75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents"
Cascade Locks, OR - Climbing - 9.1 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Tam McArthur Rim and Broken Hand


The Three Sisters Wilderness is one of Oregon’s most popular wilderness destinations. Flanked by the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests, the wilderness highlights dense forests, volcanoes, pumi…
From the guidebook "75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents"
Sisters, OR - Climbing - 9.6 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. Mount Bachelor


Mount Bachelor is a central Oregon landmark with its distinctive symmetric shape and isolation from the peaks of the Three Sisters group. Known as Bachelor Butte originally, the mountain was renamed i…
From the guidebook "75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents"
Sisters, OR - Climbing - 4.4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Mount Bachelor


Mount Bachelor, erstwhile Bachelor Butte, is a high, uniform cone immediately west of Bend on State Highway 46. Bachelor is best known for its skiing, and hosts perhaps the most popular ski area in ce…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Bend, OR - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Broken Top


Broken Top is a craggy volcanic remnant that hosts two glaciers situated at the eastern border of the Three Sisters Wilderness, directly north of Mount Bachelor. Broken Top has had a violent eruptive…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Bend, OR - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Mount Hood: Palmer Glacier / South Side & Sandy Headwall Routes


Mount Hood is one of the most frequently climbed big mountains in the United States. Sometimes called the Mount Fuji of North America, the volcano’s pleasing dagger-like shape as seen from nearby Port…
From the guidebook "Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume I"
Government Camp, OR - Climbing
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Elk and Kings Mountains


The Tillamook State Forest is a thriving example of a major reforestation project. The forest was formerly known as the Tillamook Burn, since a cycle of four fires from 1933 to 1951 destroyed much of…
From the guidebook "75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents"
Nehalem, OR - Climbing - 9.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#20. Union Peak


Crater Lake National Park is Oregon’s only national park. The centerpiece, Crater Lake, is one of the deepest lakes in the world. It is the caldera of the ancient volcano, Mount Mazama, and the peaks…
From the guidebook "75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents"
Fort Klamath, OR - Climbing - 9 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books