Climbing

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Reach New Heights

Located in the heart of the Oregon Cascades, the Umpqua National Forest offers opportunities for both the experienced and novice climber. Please contact one of our ranger stations for more information about rock climbing, bouldering, and mountaineering.

Many people visit the Umpqua National Forest to climb 9,182-foot Mount Thielsen. The last 200 feet up the mountain’s pointed spire is a difficult hand-over-hand climb. This route is rated a Class 4 to 5.1 scramble and is not considered a technical climb. But exposure on Mount Thielsen is extreme, and there have been more fatalities on this route than have occurred on all the technical routes on the Umpqua National Forest combined. A light rack, rope, and helmet should be considered for the final 80-foot scramble from Chicken Ledge to the summit.

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