Barton Creek winds its way all through Austin. You will find climbing of all levels here. Numerous swimming holes and good hikes can also be found along this park. If you hike south, you can go for quite aways and see some cool sites. The great thing about living in Austin is that you can get off work, head out to the crag and get a few routes before sundown!
The limestone here can be pretty smooth. There are a few routes that will take gear, but most are sport routes ranging from 20 to 70 feet, usually around 40 ft.
Sometimes the crags can get quite busy, especially on the weekends. Although due to the easy access and route quality, this is a climbers heaven!
There are numerous access points along the creek. For access to Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie's Wall, park in the business lot or dirt parking lot off of 360 going NW(west Ben White Blvd) just before you get to MoPac.
To get to Gus Fruh including Kingdom of Ging, Guide's Wall, Gus Fruh aka Fern Bar Area, and Thumbdance, go NW (right if going south on Lamar)on Barton Skyway off of Lamar Blvd. Take this to the end and go left on Barton Hills drive, follow this as it winds around left, about a mile, and park next to the fence that you see. This is the Barton Creek park entrance. Hike down the trail and cross the wash to the cliffs.
For access to New Wall, The Great Wall, and the Terrace, take Barton Skyway exit off of MoPac and go SE (left turn if going north on MoPac). Take this to the end, and park at the intersection with Spyglass Dr.
You can also find some fun bouldering scattered around if you are willing to explore.
Classic. Follow the first three bolts up a crimpy face to gain the good break ledge by the cave. Then move into the main crux over the bulge following huge moves to the anchors....[more]Browse More Classics in TX
is there any more to barton spings i have eyed up some old faces that have been bolted but it looks like it has not been climbd in quite some time any info would be helpful mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org thanx
Thomas - there is a lot of climbing at Barton Creek. Where were you when you spied these bolts? Also, there should be a guide out that covers Barton Creek; the one I have is Texas Limestone - it's way out of date and I believe it has been replaced but I can't remember the name of the current guide.
I will be in Austin March 11th thru the 15th. I would love to get out and do some climbs if anyone is interested in climbing please let me know. Is there a possibility of running into climbers during the week to climb with?
Urban Assault is still there. Climbed it yesterday. Last register entry was in June. I am surprised at how little information there is out there. The little that I have found is mostly unreliable. If the Admins are reading, Urban Assault should definitely be listed above.
If a route is not in the database it can not show up in the "classics" section, so I would recommend adding the area and route. Once it is there the routes listed above are determined by some secret sauce, we don't select them. I will say that it being multi pitch will be to its benefit but also the number of votes and how many stars it ends up with are the other factors.
@LeeAB- thanks for the info. I added the route. Hopefully more of the community can enjoy the climb now. When I was there last it looked like there was another route or two up so my buddy and I will be posting the beta soon. Cheers
Found: jacket at the base of Diving For Rocks on Jan 27. Left my phone number at trailhead. Call or email me here if it is yours and I'll get it to you. I'll leave this post up for two weeks and then I'm gonna call it my jacket and wear it when I climb the Petite Grepon this summer.
Is it possible to top-rope anywhere at Barton creek without first leading the climb? I'd love to do some climbing down there, but my partner and I aren't lead-ready yet. Are there routes that you can walk to the top of to set anchors, or is this even allowed here? Thanks!