Elevation: 1,787 ft
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Shared By: sam davidson on Dec 30, 2006 with 3 Suggestions
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Description

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch (HCR) offers some of the finest sandstone in Arkansas with nearly 420 routes ranging from 5.5 to 5.14. The majority of the routes are fully bolted sport climbs, but there are also many fine trad routes and a plethora of good boulder problems. The cracks at the Ranch are some of the best in Arkansas and will challenge even the saltiest of crack masters.

Surreal sandstone climbing in a spectacular setting with all the amenities of a four-star dude ranch make this one of the most unique and enjoyable crags you'll ever visit.

The Buffalo River is on the other side of 74 hwy. Hit the BRT, a 40 mile hiking trail. Ponca offers rentals of kayak, canoe, and rafts, or bring your own and float the Buffalo - one of the only pristine rivers in a national park not crowded with houses and other nonsense. There are cliffs along the Buffalo that beg to be climbed, so bring your synthetic shoes.

Camping is $5 per night, climbing is $11 per day. Restrooms, sinks, and token showers were added in 2012, making this a great base for multi-day excursions. Cabins are also available on sight for varying prices. You need to reserve these in advance.  

Sign in at the Trading Post when you pull in and check out the gear, grab some coffee, even scarf a burrito. HCR also offers shoe rentals.

Getting There

HCR is located approximately 7.0 miles west of Jasper and 6.5 miles east of Ponca on the south side of State Highway 74. Jasper is approximately 25 miles south of Harrison and 65 miles north of Russellville on Scenic State Highway 7.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V4 6B
 139
Dig Dug
Boulder
V5 6C
 82
Warbonnet
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 402
Green Goblin
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 223
Swamp Rat
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 82
Deft Jam
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 138
Hackberry Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 108
WMA Crack
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 87
Mr. Magoo
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 135
Learning to Fly
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 321
Crimp Scampi
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 263
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 142
Big Top
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 102
Taliban soup
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 80
Boronocus
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 121
Fat Hand
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dig Dug Idaho Boulders > Loaf Boulder
 139
V4 6B Boulder
Warbonnet Idaho Boulders > Crescent Area
 82
V5 6C Boulder
Green Goblin N Side > N Forty Routes
 402
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Swamp Rat Cliffs of Insanity
 223
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Deft Jam Confederate Cracks
 82
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Hackberry Crack Walls Of Moria
 138
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
WMA Crack Confederate Cracks
 108
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo Rock
 87
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Learning to Fly Prophecy Wall
 135
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Crimp Scampi N Side > N Forty Routes
 321
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Far East
 263
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Big Top N Side > N Forty Routes
 142
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Taliban soup Prophecy Wall
 102
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Boronocus Roman Wall
 80
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Fat Hand N Side > N Forty Routes
 121
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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