Elevation: 1,546 ft
GPS: 30.506, -98.821 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Steve Marr on Oct 3, 2006
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Description

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).

Getting There

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
 118
Jack Knife
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 104
Cave Crack
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 42
Navy Route
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 47
Can Opener
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 85
Middle Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 37
Mystery and Imagination
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 81
Owl Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 38
Orient Express
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 32
Becky's Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 26
Ben's Dilemma
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 27
Motorboat
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 43
Orange Peel
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 47
Grass Crack
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
 31
Clockwerk Orange
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 9
Shocker
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Jack Knife Throne Rock Area
 118
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Cave Crack Orange Peel Area
 104
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Navy Route Motorboat Rock
 42
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Can Opener Motorboat Rock
 47
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Middle Crack Triple Cracks Sanctuary
 85
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mystery and Imagination Orange Peel Area
 37
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Owl Crack Triple Cracks Sanctuary
 81
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Orient Express Throne Rock Area
 38
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Becky's Crack Triple Cracks Sanctuary
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad
Ben's Dilemma Motorboat Rock
 26
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Motorboat Motorboat Rock
 27
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Orange Peel Orange Peel Area
 43
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Grass Crack Triple Cracks Sanctuary
 47
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Clockwerk Orange Orange Peel Area
 31
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Sport
Shocker Motorboat Rock
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad
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