Chris raps the EBGB's formation
Echo Rock is the huge dome closest to the parking area and a popular destination with climbers. Due to it's size the dome has been broken into separate areas to more easily navigate the wealth of routes.
The very popular Echo Rock - West Face
is a slabby apron of rock with many single pitch face routes from 5.6 to 5.11+ as well as the occasional crack climb. Some of the popular routes include Double Dip
(5.6) and Stichter Quits
(5.7), Stick to What
(5.9), Quick Draw McGraw
(5.10a), Heart and Sole
(5.10a) and Quick Draw McGraw
Being somewhat sheltered makes the Echo Rock - South Face
a popular winter spot as it soaks up the sun and is a good spot to challenge yourself of a nice mix of crack and face routes. Some of the better ones here are Pope's Crack
(5.9), Raked over the Coles
(5.10d), Swept Away
(5.11a), British Airways
(5.11a R), Sole Fusion (5.12a) and My Idea of Fun
The EBGB Block Area
is centered around a prominent block perched atop a shelf and visible from afar with Zondo's Perks
(5.10d), Jane's Getting Serious
(5.12b) being some of the better routes.
The lesser visited Echo Rock - East Face
can be a good spot to escape the crowds of the more popular areas as well as sample some lesser known routes such as Bambi Meets Godzilla
(5.8), Closed on Mondays
(5.9), The Menace
(5.11a R) and Igor Prince of Poodles
Echo Rock is located just east of the Echo Cove formation. By skirting the south end of the Echo Cove formation and walking east, you will run smack dab into Echo Rock. Please stick to designated trails!
Weather station 9.3 miles from here
60 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',28],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',1]
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By Chris Keefe
Mar 15, 2015
Does anyone have information on a pair of newish looking routes on the upper N. side of Echo (descending from the shiny OP rings)? There's no info on them in the '11 edition of Miramontes, so I thought I'd put a call out to people with a longer history in JTree, instead of creating a new area myself.
These two lines begin from a shady ledge/channel above one of the deep water runnels in the walkoff slab. The right ascends a short, roughly vertical crease/corner, following a variable fingers and hands crack in a corner onto slightly crumbly low-angle slab. It's bolted to hell with new-looking, sandstone-painted metolius hangers, including a couple of bolts in areas protectable with traditional gear. Suggested 5.7-5.8, 1 star.
The second line, at left, follows face moves and thin cracks over the lip onto the slab above. I left this one for another day, and have no further details on it.
Thank you for any questions or information you might have on these routes,