The Ozone Wall is the new crag on the block and with that newness comes commensurate interest. The interest is warranted and not just because it’s a shiny new toy. The Ozone is home to a diverse selection of nearly 70 moderate climbing routes ranging in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.12+.
What Makes It Great
The Ozone Wall is full of moderate climbs and stays in the shade, which is glorious in the heat of the summer when many of the other local crags roast in the sun all summer long.
The Ozone Wall is easily accessible by a short hike off of Highway 14 in Washington. Bear in mind that all of the climbs are lead routes. Also be aware that due to its newness, some loose rock is still exists. This issue continues to dissipate as the spot gains in popularity. Top routes include “Masterpiece Theatre” (5.11c) and “High Plains Drifter (5.10c). Almost all of the routes have two-bolt anchor stations, but keep in mind that you should bring your own slings and make a second anchor to prevent wear on the placed anchors.
A great post-climb food and drink spot is Hearth in Washougal. This wood-oven bistro produces a wide array of plates well beyond pizza, and also has a full service bar.
Who is Going to Love It
There are climbs to match most skill levels with appropriate challenge on this wall. The grade ranges from 5.8 to 5.12c and include classics such as “Carrots for Everyone” (5.10a), “Chainmail” (5.11a), and “Masterpiece Theatre” (5.11c), among many, many more. Most of these climbs are bolted, yet many require some supplemental trad gear. All the climbs are lead routes, so if you are new to climbing, be sure to bring someone more experienced with you to set the rope so that you can top rope.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Finding the trail can be a little tricky because the parking lot is one of several pull offs to the right on WA 14. From Portland, take I-84 for I-205 N, and then take exit 27 toward Camas. Merge on to WA-14 E and after a little while, you will find the trail slightly west of the high point in the road at milepost 23.75 on the right side of the highway. It is the third pullout west of the high point in the road. There is a trail right in front of the pull off that leads into the trees and runs below the rock face.