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Areas in Barton Creek Greenbelt

5.8 Sanctuary 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Beehive Wall 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Choss Cave 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Gus Fruh 1 / 28 / 10 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 47
New Wall 0 / 27 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Private Bouldering Spot (Name pending) 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie's Wall 0 / 30 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 33
Urban Assault Wall 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Whipping Post Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14

Description

Barton Creek winds its way all through Austin. You will find climbing of all levels here. Numerous swimming holes and good hikes can also be found along this park. If you hike south, you can go for quite aways and see some cool sites. The great thing about living in Austin is that you can get off work, head out to the crag and get a few routes before sundown!

The limestone here can be pretty smooth. There are a few routes that will take gear, but most are sport routes ranging from 20 to 70 feet, usually around 40 ft.

Sometimes the crags can get quite busy, especially on the weekends. Although due to the easy access and route quality, this is a climbers heaven!

Getting There

There are numerous access points along the creek. For access to Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie's Wall, park in the business lot or dirt parking lot off of 360 going NW(west Ben White Blvd) just before you get to MoPac.

To get to Gus Fruh including Kingdom of Ging, Guide's Wall, Gus Fruh aka Fern Bar Area, and Thumbdance, go NW (right if going south on Lamar)on Barton Skyway off of Lamar Blvd. Take this to the end and go left on Barton Hills drive, follow this as it winds around left, about a mile, and park next to the fence that you see. This is the Barton Creek park entrance. Hike down the trail and cross the wash to the cliffs.

For access to New Wall, The Great Wall, and the Terrace, take Barton Skyway exit off of MoPac and go SE (left turn if going north on MoPac). Take this to the end, and park at the intersection with Spyglass Dr.

You can also find some fun bouldering scattered around if you are willing to explore.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Barton Creek Greenbelt

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bird Dog
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
It's A Wiggle Butt
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Over Easy
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Fern Bar
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Torpedoes Away
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
King of Ging
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Diving for Rocks
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Charlie Don't Surf
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Through the Looking Glass
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Rock Retard
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Urban Assault
Sport 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Hysteria
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Lonesone Dove
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tunnel Vision
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Cuttin' Cards for a Poke
Sport
Bird Dog Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie's Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
It's A Wiggle Butt Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie's Wall 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Over Easy Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie's Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fern Bar Gus Fruh > Gus Fruh aka Fern Bar Area 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Torpedoes Away Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie's Wall 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
King of Ging Gus Fruh > Kingdom of Ging 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Diving for Rocks Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie's Wall 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Charlie Don't Surf Gus Fruh > Kingdom of Ging 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Through the Looking Glass New Wall > Great Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Rock Retard Gus Fruh > Gus Fruh aka Fern Bar Area 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Urban Assault Urban Assault Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 3 pitches
Hysteria New Wall > New Wall Proper 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Lonesone Dove Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie's Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Tunnel Vision New Wall > Great Wall 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Cuttin' Cards for a Poke Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie's Wall 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
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Tommy Blackwell
Austin, Texas
Tommy Blackwell   Austin, Texas
Did some climbing at Seismic Wall this weekend and it is very polished. If rain is in the forecast don't even bother trying to climb here. The grades may seem harder just because of the slick limestone. Jun 29, 2015
Is it possible to top-rope anywhere at Barton creek without first leading the climb? I'd love to do some climbing down there, but my partner and I aren't lead-ready yet. Are there routes that you can walk to the top of to set anchors, or is this even allowed here? Thanks! Jun 8, 2013
E Wydeven
Austin, TX
E Wydeven   Austin, TX
Found: jacket at the base of Diving For Rocks on Jan 27. Left my phone number at trailhead. Call or email me here if it is yours and I'll get it to you. I'll leave this post up for two weeks and then I'm gonna call it my jacket and wear it when I climb the Petite Grepon this summer. Jan 27, 2013
Jtorres  
@LeeAB- thanks for the info. I added the route. Hopefully more of the community can enjoy the climb now. When I was there last it looked like there was another route or two up so my buddy and I will be posting the beta soon. Cheers Aug 31, 2012
LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
If a route is not in the database it can not show up in the "classics" section, so I would recommend adding the area and route. Once it is there the routes listed above are determined by some secret sauce, we don't select them. I will say that it being multi pitch will be to its benefit but also the number of votes and how many stars it ends up with are the other factors. Aug 27, 2012
Jtorres  
Urban Assault is still there. Climbed it yesterday. Last register entry was in June. I am surprised at how little information there is out there. The little that I have found is mostly unreliable. If the Admins are reading, Urban Assault should definitely be listed above. Aug 27, 2012
jeremy long
BOULDER CO
jeremy long   BOULDER CO
What happened to Urban Aussalt? May 19, 2011
JK1
Lakewood, CO
JK1   Lakewood, CO
I will be in Austin March 11th thru the 15th. I would love to get out and do some climbs if anyone is interested in climbing please let me know. Is there a possibility of running into climbers during the week to climb with? Mar 3, 2008
Matt Richardson
Longmont, CO
Matt Richardson   Longmont, CO  
Thomas - there is a lot of climbing at Barton Creek. Where were you when you spied these bolts? Also, there should be a guide out that covers Barton Creek; the one I have is Texas Limestone - it's way out of date and I believe it has been replaced but I can't remember the name of the current guide. Jan 15, 2008
Thomas J White
Austin TX
Thomas J White   Austin TX
is there any more to barton spings i have eyed up some old faces that have been bolted but it looks like it has not been climbd in quite some time any info would be helpful mail me at wyliemaz@hotmail.com thanx Dec 13, 2007

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