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Areas in Echo Rock

EBGB Block Area 7 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Echo Rock - East Face 14 / 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Echo Rock - South Face 15 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Echo Rock - West Face 26 / 2 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 32

Description

Echo Rock is the huge dome closest to the parking area and a popular destination with climbers. Due to it's size the dome has been broken into separate areas to more easily navigate the wealth of routes.

The very popular Echo Rock - West Face is a slabby apron of rock with many single pitch face routes from 5.6 to 5.11+ as well as the occasional crack climb. Some of the popular routes include Double Dip (5.6) and Stichter Quits (5.7), Stick to What (5.9), Quick Draw McGraw (5.10a), Heart and Sole (5.10a) and Quick Draw McGraw (5.10b).

Being somewhat sheltered makes the Echo Rock - South Face a popular winter spot as it soaks up the sun and is a good spot to challenge yourself of a nice mix of crack and face routes. Some of the better ones here are Pope's Crack (5.9), Raked over the Coles (5.10d), Swept Away (5.11a), British Airways (5.11a R), Sole Fusion (5.12a) and My Idea of Fun (5.12d).

The EBGB Block Area is centered around a prominent block perched atop a shelf and visible from afar with Zondo's Perks (5.10a), EBGB's (5.10d), Jane's Getting Serious (5.12b) being some of the better routes.

The lesser visited Echo Rock - East Face can be a good spot to escape the crowds of the more popular areas as well as sample some lesser known routes such as Bambi Meets Godzilla (5.8), Closed on Mondays (5.9), The Menace (5.10b), Beadwagon (5.11a R) and Igor Prince of Poodles (5.11c).

Getting There

Echo Rock is located just east of the Echo Cove formation. By skirting the south end of the Echo Cove formation and walking east, you will run smack dab into Echo Rock. Please stick to designated trails!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Echo Rock

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Double Dip
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Stichter Quits
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5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bambi Meets Godzilla
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Stick to What
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pope's Crack
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Heart and Sole
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Quick Draw McGraw
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Forbidden Paradise
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5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Pope's Crack, Direct Finish
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
The Falcon and The Snowman
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Try Again
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
EBGB's
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Raked over the Coles
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Swept Away
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
British Airways
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Double Dip Echo Rock - W Face 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Stichter Quits Echo Rock - W Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Bambi Meets Godzilla Echo Rock - E Face > Echo Rock - E Face (Left) 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Stick to What Echo Rock - W Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad
Pope's Crack Echo Rock - S Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Heart and Sole Echo Rock - W Face 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Quick Draw McGraw Echo Rock - W Face 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Forbidden Paradise Echo Rock - W Face 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Pope's Crack, Direct Finish Echo Rock - S Face 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Falcon and The Snowman Echo Rock - W Face 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Try Again Echo Rock - W Face 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
EBGB's EBGB Block Area 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Raked over the Coles Echo Rock - S Face 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Swept Away Echo Rock - S Face 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
British Airways Echo Rock - S Face 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad
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steverett
San Diego, CA
steverett   San Diego, CA
Chris, I assume you are talking about the area to the right of Bambi Meets Godzilla? They are in the new Miramontes book; there were at least 3 that we saw on Saturday. We did one that went up the center to some rap rings on a vertical face, was a 5.7+ in the guidebook.

EDIT: Looking at the map, the one we did is more on the east side than the north; we found it descending from BmG (see circled area below).

Feb 1, 2016
Hi all,
Does anyone have information on a pair of newish looking routes on the upper N. side of Echo (descending from the shiny OP rings)? There's no info on them in the '11 edition of Miramontes, so I thought I'd put a call out to people with a longer history in JTree, instead of creating a new area myself.

These two lines begin from a shady ledge/channel above one of the deep water runnels in the walkoff slab. The right ascends a short, roughly vertical crease/corner, following a variable fingers and hands crack in a corner onto slightly crumbly low-angle slab. It's bolted to hell with new-looking, sandstone-painted metolius hangers, including a couple of bolts in areas protectable with traditional gear. Suggested 5.7-5.8, 1 star.

The second line, at left, follows face moves and thin cracks over the lip onto the slab above. I left this one for another day, and have no further details on it.

Thank you for any questions or information you might have on these routes,
Chris Keefe Mar 15, 2015

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