Looking back up the Narrows from Lichen Wall.
A high concentration of high quality lines that are access by a well maintained trail, that was originally built by climbers, and today is used by many a turon.
From on top of Aerial Anticipation looking toward Lichen wall. A fantastic day in the Narrows.
From the park headquarters drive west for about 5 minutes. A left turn to Dog Run is your exit. About 2 miles past the gate park at the picnic area on the left, outside the gate. A trail at the east end of the picnic area leads you to the narrows. Approach time is about 15 minutes.
Zoo Wall Beta
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More beta photos will follow as they are developed.
Weather station 3.6 miles from here
101 Total Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',31],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',1]
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
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View up the Narrows from Middle Zoo Wall.
By Jordan Ramey
From: Calgary, Alberta
May 21, 2007
Is the left side of the creek open again? I noticed last Fall that the signs saying not to climb on the left side (across from zoo wall) of the creek had vanished. Does anyone know about this?
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Sep 14, 2009
I think the primary function of that sign was to keep the boy scouts from setting up rap lines when they should head over to Meat Slab or just go further down canyon. Even though sport rapping is off limits, it goes on all the time.
By Ryan A. Ray
From: Keller, TX
Oct 17, 2009
Yes, you can climb on the opposite side of the creek now. In the past it was closed because of a five year study to determine if climbers were making an impact on the area. After a finding of no significant impact the ban was lifted. You can now climb there. There is still no sport rapelling allowed in the narrows though.
By Avery Enevoldsen94
Jun 22, 2012
So, (extremely) long story short, we could not find the approach trail to the narrows off of the "VERY" descriptive map we got from the visitor center. For you guys like us who can't find the broad side of a barn, here's a picture of what you should look for when driving by. It really is a 15 minute approach, if you can find the trail. First off, at the visitor center, they sell the climbing guide book "Oklahoma Select" (about $18) which will help you. You should see a "no sport rappeling" sign. You'll find another one of these signs along the trail. The path will follow the ridge on the right when facing towards the far end of the narrows.If you find yourself following the river closely for a long time, you went the long way, but it will take you where need be. The path should lead you down along the ridge, and you should have to do some boulder hopping in the river. Most climbs will be on the right side of the canyon, and thats where this path will take you.The zoo wall will have good switchbacks, just have to find them. Hope this keeps you from taking a 2 hour approach like we did. Most climbs will be on your right, when facing down towards the far end of the canyon. Also, the trail starts at the far left corner of the picnic area. Good luck out there. P.S.-didn't see any ticks(used bug spray), or poison ivy.