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Elevation: 1,546 ft 471 m
GPS: 30.5057, -98.8214
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Echo Canyon could technically be considered part of the Main Dome climbing experience. It's included here as a separate area because of the abundance of individual areas, number of climbs, and an atmosphere that is different from other areas in the park. The vast majority of the climbing is found on the east (Main Dome) side of the canyon, with just two areas and a handful of climbs on the west (Little Dome) side. The east consists of Throne Rock, the Orange Peel Area, Motorboat Rock, the Triple Cracks Sanctuary, and Rapeller�s Rock. The west side is home to the Sopwhip Boulders and The Frog. Finding your route can be a little confusing at first, but the area is pretty easy to navigate once you get your bearings. There are a few bolted routes in the area, but most require trad gear. Also, most routes are equipped with top anchors. On any given weekend, Motorboat Rock is home to instructional groups and guided parties because of the short, moderate routes with easy access to top rope anchors. The other areas can also become crowded but you can usually find something to jump on. classic routes in the area include Jack Knife (5.5) combined with Cave Crack (5.6), Owl Crack (5.8+), Middle Crack (5.8), Orange Peel (5.10a), and Clockwerk Orange (5.11a).

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Echo Canyon is easy to find and has one of the shortest approaches of any area in the park. Follow the park road to a turn around with a gazebo at the end (and restrooms of to the right). From the gazebo, walk down the stairs to the creek, and follow the obvious trail that leads toward the dome. Approximately a third of the way up the dome, the trail splits at a wooden sign: the summit trail branches right while the Echo Canyon Trail goes left. Follow the Echo Canyon trail over the saddle between the two domes and down a rocky draw. There are several large boulders and a small interpretive board with a map of the park at the base of the draw. Two climbers' trails lead to east side of the canyon: the purple trail is used to access Throne Rock, Orange Peel, and Motorboat while the green trail leads to Rapeller�s Rock and Triple Cracks. On the opposite side of the boulders, a red trail takes you to The Frog.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Echo Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 186
Jack Knife
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 170
Cave Crack
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 66
Navy Route
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 83
Can Opener
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 126
Middle Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 56
Mystery and Imagination
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 127
Owl Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 56
Orient Express
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 44
Motorboat
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 69
Orange Peel
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 67
Grass Crack
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
 46
Clockwerk Orange
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Tonka Toys From Hell
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 12
Shocker
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
George of the Jungle
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Jack Knife Throne Rock Area
 186
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Cave Crack Orange Peel Area
 170
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Navy Route Motorboat Rock
 66
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Can Opener Motorboat Rock
 83
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Middle Crack Triple Cracks Sanctuary
 126
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mystery and Imagination Orange Peel Area
 56
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Owl Crack Triple Cracks Sanctuary
 127
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Orient Express Throne Rock Area
 56
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Motorboat Motorboat Rock
 44
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Orange Peel Orange Peel Area
 69
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Grass Crack Triple Cracks Sanctuary
 67
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Clockwerk Orange Orange Peel Area
 46
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Sport
Tonka Toys From Hell Frog
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Shocker Motorboat Rock
 12
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad
George of the Jungle Motorboat Rock
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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