in the Villages of Mt Hood
Oregon is a climber’s haven. Not only is Mt. Hood a popular climb that attracts visitors from around the world, but there are tons of hidden rock climbing spots around the area. A few are well-known and easy to get to, but some take a little energy and creativity.
French’s Dome is a popular climbing area located on the lower west side of Mt. Hood. This andesite crag offers 14 climbing routes, with heights ranging from 80 feet to 160 feet. The most popular climb is the Giant’s Staircase, rated a5.6. Most of the routes are fixed with bolts, while some require the occasional natural pro placement. Hidden amongst a canopy of evergreen trees, French’s Dome is located 6.2 miles up Lolo Pass Road from its junction at U.S. 26. Due to snow, this point is only open for summer and fall climbing.