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Areas in Sam's Throne & Surroundings

Candy Mountain 1 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Cave Creek 20 / 45 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 63
Deliverance 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Sam's Throne 136 / 45 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 165
Southern Cross Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Valley of The Blind 11 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
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Overview

The true origin of Ozark climbing stems from this area. Aesthetically pleasing faces loom over an exposed ridge littered with beautiful pines below.

Sam's Throne is the patriarch to all climbing in Arkansas and still holds a truly classic ethic on how climbing is conducted in the area. Few sport lines exist here, however the ones that do are some of the best around.

To fill your sport climbing fix, one must travel to

Valley Of The Blind



An exposed valley of rock that hosts some of the best lines in the state.




Cave Creek


Cliff band on the opposite side of Sam's Throne that hosts many classics one one of the more aesthetic areas in the region.





Candy Mountain


An annex of the cave creek valley. Home to many tall and harder lines that will keep you coming back for more.

Getting There

The northwestern part of the state. Cities to look for include Harrison and Mt. Judea.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sam's Throne & Surroundings

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Boston Rag
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Diagonal Crack
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Poison Ivy
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Albino Rhino
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5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Silverfish
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Razorback Roof
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Stems and Seeds
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Diet Pepsi
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Involuntary Manslaughter
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Gracious Grant
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Dead Dog
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Achilles Heel
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Arkansas Reality
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Painted Warrior
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Brick Attack
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Boston Rag Sam's Throne > Throne > White Trash Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Diagonal Crack Sam's Throne > Throne > White Trash Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Poison Ivy Sam's Throne > Throne > Poison Ivy Wall 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Albino Rhino Sam's Throne > Throne > S Side & Albino Rhino Wall 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Silverfish Sam's Throne > Outback > Seed Wall 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Razorback Roof Sam's Throne > W Main Bluff > Arachnophobia, Dark Side, & Inte… 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Stems and Seeds Cave Creek > Gravity Slab/Meltdown Wall 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Diet Pepsi Sam's Throne > W Main Bluff > Arachnophobia, Dark Side, & Inte… 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Involuntary Manslaughter Cave Creek > Brick Attack Area 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Gracious Grant Candy Mtn 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Dead Dog Sam's Throne > E Main Bluff > Dead Dog & Energamata Walls 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Achilles Heel Candy Mtn 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Arkansas Reality Sam's Throne > E Main Bluff > Prow & Reality Wall 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Painted Warrior Valley of The Blind 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Brick Attack Cave Creek > Brick Attack Area 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Creed A
Salt Lake City, UT
Creed A   Salt Lake City, UT
Remember there is NO trash service at the Sam's Throne campground.

People have been piling trash in the outhouses. It's just sitting there, attracting pests. Please pack it out. Sep 6, 2015
Bill Fitzgerald
Little Rock, AR
Bill Fitzgerald   Little Rock, AR
The National Forest Service is currently conducting a Heritage Site Review at Hudson Mountain and the Invasion Wall climbing areas near Cowell, AR during the month of August. The FS is asking that climbers, hikers, and all other users avoid these areas during the review process. Please respect the USFS request and pass the word on to other climbers. Aug 10, 2010
Luke Stollings
Austin, TX
Luke Stollings   Austin, TX
See more comments about the Rock Climbing in Arkansas guidebook by Cole Fennel at the main Arkansas page including a review I wrote for Google Books. Jun 29, 2010
Cole's book is a nice color guide with nice action photos. The book down grades many routes. I have been climbing in Arkansas for the last 20 years and am taken back by the the multiple down grades on routes that have been established and confirmed by many climbers over the years. Ratings should not be down graded once you have dialed the route and decided that it is easier. Grades are set for on-sights not rehearsed work sessions. Clay's book gives a more realistic rating of the routes in my opinion. May 15, 2010
The new comprehensive color guidebook to the state by Cole Fennel is now available in stores. This tome is 400 pages and describes nearly 1500 routes and 350 boulder problems. Nov 2, 2009

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