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Red Bluff is on private property and may be CLOSED at this time. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

Red Bluff is a tranquil little piece of riparian bliss at the junction of Red Bluff Creek and the Medina River within spitting distance of San Antonio. Limestone boulders of various sizes host problems of various difficulties, all dotting intervals along perhaps the most beautiful waterway in Texas. Some of the boulders are freestanding; others are short cliff bands scoured out into spectacular wave-like formations by the occasional apocalyptic flash floods that Central Texas is subject to.

Much of the more popular (read: harder) bouldering lies along the Front Wall and Fontainebleau Wall, which are at creek level and the landings of which are often until a foot or more of water. These walls are home to the classics Peace V8 and Hooks V8. This is what most climbers come here for. These walls may only be climbable during the drier late summer and winter. The rest of the climbing is along the Medina itself, including some short cliffbands and some boulders.

In an effort to flesh out this entry, many of the route descriptions on here are taken more or less directly from Jeff Jackson's "Texas Limestone Bouldering" (Rock Hound Publishing, 2007).

Another Note: I mentioned flash floods for a reason. Look around at the jumbled rocks and gnarled cypresses. THIS AREA GETS WRECKED. Don't bother climbing at RB if it has been raining a decent amount anywhere in the hill country. And if you are there when there are storms in the area, even pretty far upstream, be prepared to leave moment's notice. The water can rise to lethal flow in minutes even on a bright, sunny day.

Getting There 

THIS AREA HAS BEEN CLOSED TO CLIMBING and the landowner has requested removal of directions to this area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.9 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',3],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]


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Climbs the line of pockets then crimps and slopers straight up from the pad shown. Notice the rope downclimb to the right.

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Photos of Red Bluff Slideshow Add Photo
The Medina also offers fine crawfish catching to the weary boulderer.
The Medina also offers fine crawfish catching to t...
The emerald flowage of the Medina and just a few of the boulders at Red Bluff.
The emerald flowage of the Medina and just a few o...
Soak that sweaty chalk dust caked ass of yours in the beautiful Medina.
Soak that sweaty chalk dust caked ass of yours in ...
The sign hanging by the back end of the property.  There is a huge No Camping sign by the front entrance.
BETA PHOTO: The sign hanging by the back end of the property. ...

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By Danielle Vennard
Aug 14, 2010
Hello I traveling here from Pennsylvania and I am looking to climb here at the beginning of October. Can anyone tell me if the area will be dry around this time or should I look for another area around San Antonio to climb. I am in town for a few short days on business and thought that my family and I would check it out. Any feedback is much appreciated!

Thanks,
Danielle
By Danielle Vennard
Nov 17, 2010
Red Bluff is closed for good. I ventured there back when I visited the area on Oct. 10th and found a big No Camping and No Trespassing Sign. I talked with a neighbor that is on the other side of the road and he informed me that the owner's son is now owner of the property and his wife did not like all the people coming on to the property. There are visible signs down by the river that state a $5000 reward for anyone who alerts authorities to trespassers. Pic from my attempt to go climb at Red Bluff
By Sean McEligot
Dec 26, 2010
Yes, Red Bluff is closed. I missed the info that it was closed and tried to go. I stopped at the house and the owner (Mr. Rita?) said he had closed down the camping and the bouldering.