For those visiting Ashland Oregon, beautiful Emigrant Lake and its attractions are just five miles south of town. Administered my Jackson County parks, Emigrant Lake offers a host of activities you might expect including fishing, swimming, and hiking, but less well know is the Rock Climbing Crag located on the north end of the lake.
Infamously known as “Poison Oak Wall” by locals, climbers quickly see the inspiration for the name literally surrounding them, so watch your step! Here there is love-hate relationship, but with a bottle of Technu a great day of climbing is sure to ensue. Poison Oak Wall offers easy access to top anchors and is a great spot to take first time climbers. Grades range from 5.5 all the way to some of the toughest 5.12 climbs in the state. At the top of these routes, be sure to take a minute and enjoy the view. From this vantage all of the lake spans below you and in the distance, in the rolling Siskiyou foothills sits Pilot Rock.
To get to Emigrant Lake from Ashland:
1) Head south on Siskiyou Blvd.
2) Take a left on Ashland St., continue over I-5.
3) Ashland St. turns into Greensprings Highway 66. Continue on it for 4.5 miles.
4) Turn left on Emigrant Lake Road. This will take you to the main dam.
To get to Poison Oak Wall from Emigrant Lake:
1) At the north end of the lake is an RV camping area. Park.
2) Just passed the restroom is a marked trail-head, follow it.
3) Continue along the trail for ¼ mile, the crag will be on your right.