Elevation: 1,905 ft
GPS: 34.717, -98.724 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Steve Marr on Nov 6, 2006
Admins: Drew Nevius, Kevin Diaz
Access Issue: This area is designated as Charon Details
Access Issue: Access is always an issue here. Details

Description

The Elk Slabs are located on the rocky western flank of Elk Mountain not far from Treasure Cove and the Pear & Apple formation. The approach through the Charons Gardens Wilderness Area is a bit longer than other Wichita destinations, but the hike is pleasant and the crowds are minimal. It's a great destination if you are looking to escape the weekend zoo in the Narrows or on Mount Scott. The wall faces west / southwest and receives great afternoon sun on cooler days. There are a number of excellent moderate trad lines, as well as a handful of more difficult lines (including one aid route). Protection is generally good on the more popular lines, but is sparse or non-existent on others.

Getting There

Park at the Treasure Lake parking lot on the south side of the Charons Gardens Wilderness Area. The slabs are visible in the distance to the north east. ItÂ’s best to locate them prior to leaving the parking lot in order to get your bearings. Look for the Phillip Mitchell memorial on the east side of the parking area and pick up the trail behind it. Follow the trail along the west side of Treasure Lake and past the Post Oak Falls where the trail splits. Follow the right branch which angles up towards the base of the slabs. The trail will appear to dead end at a large boulder in a wooded area. Scramble under the boulder, and follow a faint trail to the base (be prepared for a little bush whacking if you miss the trail). The slabs will be visible during the majority of the approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Elk Slabs

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 19
Tree Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 75
Great Expectations
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 28
Right Dihedral
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X
 24
Water Streak
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X
 3
Arching Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 23
Nike Rout
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Eliminator
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tree Route
 19
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Great Expectations
 75
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Right Dihedral
 28
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Water Streak
 24
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X Trad 2 pitches
Arching Crack
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X Trad 3 pitches
Nike Rout
 23
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Eliminator
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
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