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Triple Cracks Sanctuary

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Description 

The Triple Cracks Sanctuary is located on the left side of the Echo Canyon area. It is home to the best concentration of moderate crack climbs in the park. It is also well shaded, making it a good summer destination. The climbs are deservedly popular, and the area is small, so expect crowds when there are a lot of climbers in the park. Owl Crack (5.8+) and Middle Crack (5.8) are the two highlights. The Triple Cracks area also provides the easiest path to the Smorgasbord Area - a small slot behind Grass Crack.


Getting There 

From the base of Echo Canyon, hike up the green climbers' trail. The trail will take you to an opening between Table Top and Rappeller's Rock. Continue through this opening to a wall with three roughly parallel cracks in it.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Triple Cracks Sanctuary:
Upper Grass Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Middle Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Owl Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Becky's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Grass Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
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Below the crux on Middle Crack.

Middle Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  TX : Enchanted Rock State Natura... : ... : Triple Cracks Sanctuary
As the name implies, Middle Crack is the centerpiece of the Triple Cracks and is located between Owl and Becky's Cracks. Middle Crack is an excellent climb, and a must do for any E-Rock visitor. The start is more of a flake with good lieback moves than a crack. The crux comes early - about 10-15 feet up, the crack curves up and left, leaving a small 'bulge' on the right (protects well with a #2 Camalot). There is a second, smaller 'bulge' above the crux. Continue up the crack as it go...[more]   Browse More Classics in TX

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By Phill T
May 18, 2013

Fun area for some quality crack climbing. Note that the only anchors in the area are on top of Grass Crack on the far left, so if you want to TR stuff you will have to build your own anchors at the top of the various lines and then deal with some shenanigans traversing over (easier the higher you go) to the grass crack anchors in order to clean your gear. Alternatively you can walk off over the top of the dome (4th class but kinda sketch).