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The Narrows Rock Climbing 

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Looking back up the Narrows from Lichen Wall.

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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.
Rock Climbing Photo: From on top of Aerial Anticipation looking toward ...
From on top of Aerial Anticipation looking toward Lichen wall. A fantastic day in the Narrows.

Getting There 

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 

Rock Climbing Photo: Zoo Wall Beta  Some of the actual route lines coul...
Zoo Wall Beta

Some of the actual route lines could be inaccurate. If you have more accurate data, please share it with me and I will update.

More beta photos will follow as they are developed.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

102 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',31],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Narrows

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Narrows:
Yellow Corner   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 65'   Zoo Wall
Large Corner Girdle   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 3 pitches   Lichen Wall
The Unfinished Piece   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 75'   Zoo Wall
The Dihedral   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 60'   Zoo Wall
Captain Crunch   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad   Leaning Tower
Ker Plunk   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Lichen Wall
Sundown Dihedral   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 45'   Zoo Wall
Crazy Alice   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 60'   Zoo Wall
Fantasy Roof   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 45'   Zoo Wall
Arrowsmith   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   Leaning Tower
No Stone Unturned   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 45'   Zoo Wall
New Number 8   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   Lichen Wall
Leaning Tower Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 80'   Leaning Tower
The Flying Nun   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 40'   Zoo Wall
Critical Mass   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 75'   Zoo Wall
Lycra Sheath   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, TR   Leaning Tower
Dr. Coolhead   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b X     Trad, TR, 60'   Zoo Wall
Spaceballs   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   Lichen Wall
League of Doom   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R     Trad, 2 pitches   Lichen Wall
Aerial Anticipation   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   Aerial Anticipation
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Featured Route For The Narrows
Rock Climbing Photo: League of Doom - Pitch 1 photo

League of Doom 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a OK : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : ... : Lichen Wall
P1: 5.10R, maybe X. Begin in the poison ivy and climb the corner. When the crack ends at a bulge, gear up really good, then face climb right a few moves and then up and around the bulge (run-out). It is possible to get a nut in a pocket in the middle of the face. You can then traverse back to the crack for pro or go straight up (slightly easier) to the bolted anchors.P2: 5.11R. Crank up the wall just to the left of the anchors. About 10 feet up, you can use a rotten flake, but pull down (not out...[more]   Browse More Classics in OK

Photos of The Narrows Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down canyon toward Lichen Wall.  Home to t...
Looking down canyon toward Lichen Wall. Home to t...
Rock Climbing Photo: From on top of Aerial Anticipation looking toward ...
From on top of Aerial Anticipation looking toward ...
Rock Climbing Photo: View up the Narrows from Middle Zoo Wall.
View up the Narrows from Middle Zoo Wall.

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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: Weatherford, 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.
From: Dallas, TX
Aug 5, 2015
When do the Narrows get shade? I have been a few times and can't remember
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Aug 6, 2015
It depends on which wall you are interested. I would start at Lichen Wall. When it get sunny move up to Leaning Tower or Zoo wall. The Dyhedral stays cool most of the day but gets lots of traffic.

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