The Show Me State 5.12b
Once a hidden "secret" crag only known to a few, Stack Rock offers a multitude of high-quality routes in a very secluded and remote setting. Rivaling nearby Sam's Throne for quality and quantity, Stack Rock offers excellent routes for just about everyone.
While weighted mostly towards gear-based climbs, several mixed and sport routes makes a set of quickdraws a welcome addition to the trad rack.
Stack Rock has walls facing all directions, making it easy to find sun or shade as needed for year-round climbing.
For guidebooks see Cole Fennel's "Rock Climbing Arkansas" or the slightly older "Arkansas Rock" by Clay Frisbie.
PS: I've only been here once and in no way consider myself "knowledgable" about Stack Rock. Please let me know if you have additional information or corrections so I can add them to the general info.
Getting to Stack Rock can be very difficult, with miles of back roads and plenty of chances to get lost. Getting there from Mt. Judea or Lurton requires multiple tuns on unmarked back roads, while coming from Snowball is a little more straight forward. See the directions in one of the guidebooks for details.
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Jun 24, 2012
STACK ROCK NEEDS MORE TRAFFIC! Seriously though, you need to go climb there. It's really not as bad of a drive as they make it out to be (about the same distance from central AR as Sam's) but it's a lot more of an adventure. The approach is easier than Sam's, great quality rock, decent camping (or at least it will be again very soon,) and fun climbing- all it needs is more people! The trail mentioned to be under construction in the guidebook has long been finished, and a few of us are trying to get some more built out to the pillars on the other end. If you haven't been out there, you have to go! It's what Arkansas climbing should be like.
|By Jon Wood|
Jun 28, 2012
The approach is a little tougher than Sam's. For one, it's uphill. Still, worth it! The climber trails are a little rough on the north, but the south side is fairly decent. We cleaned it up a bit for you with machetes, if you've got one bring it. Quality rock is an understatement. This crag is spectacular. The walk-in camping sites are great, but it's a walk. The car camping is so so, but don't forget Richland Creek is just six miles south from Dickey Junction. There's pit toilets and water. Also, it's creek side. Might be able to find a swimming hole on a hot summer day. Best of all, it's free. Stack is one of the more remote crags, but this makes it even more appealing to me. Beautiful country! Even had the chance to see a large bull elk crossing the road at dusk between the crag and the Ozark Highlands trailhead on the way out. Totally worth the trip. It's loaded with moderates if you're new to trad. Great place to start. There's also some bolted moderates as well. Plenty of tough trad and sport if you're looking to push it. Make the trip. I guarantee you it's worth it. Just remember to bring your ethics. Let's keep this crag pristine! I posted a video of Hunting for Mushrooms on my facebook, email@example.com, if you want a small peak at one of the lesser quality routes. Still, arguably one of the best top outs in Arkansas. Happy trails!
|By austin luper|
Jul 18, 2012
No people and shitty trails is what Arkansas climbing is all about. Screw more traffic....go to horseshoe if you like seeing other people while climbing. it doesn't feel adventurous for no reason....its remote with no people.... that is why its so awesome. I have climbed in a lot of areas around the country and that's what makes certain areas in Arkansas special because there is no traffic! i just wish there weren't so many bolts...id rather rap off trees than see bolts scattered all over the beautiful sandstone.
Oct 21, 2012
Agreed. I hope I never ever see another soul at Stack Rock. It's pretty sickening to me that anyone would want to see this place turn into HCR, my least favorite crag in Arkansas. The worse the roads and trails out to it are, the less garbage and spray paint (Fountain Red) we'll see. Also thanks to all those who have taken a shit in the open and left toilet paper strewn all over the place. Please just bury it and don't litter.
|By Daniel Siegel|
Nov 1, 2012
I believe there is a 5.10c sport route on the side of the pillar. A must do if you are out there.
|By austin luper|
Feb 11, 2013
glad to know CDD. i can't stand yuppie comments like that....not that hundreds of people are gonna flock there but still. i have never been to a climbing area and thought, "i wish there were a lot more people and traffic here."