Elevation: 1,190 ft
GPS: 37.651, -90.69 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Damon Vaughan on Dec 29, 2008
Admins: Marcus Floyd, Dave Hug

Description

Welcome to Missouri's finest granite bouldering destination! Elephant Rocks offers a plethora of bouldering problems for every level climber. The rock is a large grained granite, which can be quite sharp and abrasive. Very good for friction though. Elephant Rocks is located about an hour and a half from St. Louis.

The park can be really crowded with family tourists, but I have yet to see any other climbers there. Because of the crowds, climbing is only recommended on weekdays. Also, roped climbing is prohibited within the park.

Getting There

From St. Louis, take 21 (Tesson Ferry) south, and follow it for about an hour and a half. There are a few turns, so make sure you follow the signs that say Hwy 21. After the town of Bellevue, the park i well signed and on the left.

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Classic Climbing Routes at EM: Elephant Rocks State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 8
The Tennishoe Crack
Boulder
V0-1 4+
 3
Hope
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
 6
Kaya
Boulder
V1 5
 8
The Layback Crack
Boulder
V2 5+
 4
Crystal Method Slab
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 5
The Scary One
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 3
For My Children's Children
Boulder
V3 6A
 6
Fire
Boulder
V4 6B
 11
Sterno
Boulder
V4 6B
 6
Smoke
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
 3
Gill Crack
Boulder
V5 6C
 3
Jamboree
Boulder
V6 7A
 3
Gridlock
Boulder
V6+ 7A
 6
The Shadow
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
Backdraft
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Tennishoe Crack A: Picnic Area
 8
V0 4 Boulder
Hope A: Picnic Area
 3
V0-1 4+ Boulder
Kaya A: Picnic Area
 6
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
The Layback Crack D: The Porch
 8
V1 5 Boulder
Crystal Method Slab B: Upper Picnic Area
 4
V2 5+ Boulder
The Scary One A: Picnic Area
 5
V2+ 5+ Boulder
For My Children's Children C: The Front Range
 3
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Fire A: Picnic Area
 6
V3 6A Boulder
Sterno A: Picnic Area
 11
V4 6B Boulder
Smoke D: The Porch
 6
V4 6B Boulder
Gill Crack E: Gill Boulder
 3
V4 6B PG13 Boulder
Jamboree D: The Porch
 3
V5 6C Boulder
Gridlock A: Picnic Area
 3
V6 7A Boulder
The Shadow A: Picnic Area
 6
V6+ 7A Boulder
Backdraft A: Picnic Area
 3
V8 7B Boulder
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Joe Kreidel
San Antonio, TX
Joe Kreidel   San Antonio, TX
This is a great bouldering area and I was always surprised it didn't get more use from St. Louis/Missouri climbers.

I also think there is a faster way to get there. It is a little less direct but faster because I always found it tough to pass slow trucks on Hwy 21. From STL take I-55 S -> 67 South -> Hwy 32 West -> 21 South right to the park. Feb 19, 2009
Joe Huggins
Grand Junction
Joe Huggins   Grand Junction
Although it has been a few decades since Elephant Rocks was my main area, I have to agree with Joes' assertion as to the fastest route. It's nice to reminisce about the 70's when we would drive down from St.Louis before dawn, drop some 'cid and boulder at dawn...Good Times! Jul 28, 2009
Looking back, I realize that climbers all over the country travel 1.5hrs to get to where they want to climb, TIA or STL. Only now I have to hike for at least 30 minutes. At E-rocks you trip over the curb and hit your head on a boulder problem. Oct 29, 2009
AKSClimbs
Illinois/UAE
AKSClimbs   Illinois/UAE
Why isn't this place more well known?!

This place has the most potential out of anywhere in the Midwest. The biggest boulders are comparable to J tree. Aug 15, 2011
If there were more than 21 problems listed I would consider going here. Oct 9, 2011
James Wieman
Southern Utah
James Wieman   Southern Utah
Elephant rocks is the awesome and has hundreds of problems with potential for many more. A great guidebook for it is Sandstone Warrior, mainly covering bouldering in So. Illinois but includes many problems in Elephant Rocks Apr 4, 2012
Paul Getzke
Bloomington, mn
Paul Getzke   Bloomington, mn
Just the fact that John Gill put up problems at Elephant Rocks is reason enough to visit. I bouldered there about 30 years ago and still remember it as an outstanding place to climb. May 22, 2014
Joey Counts
Salem, MO
Joey Counts   Salem, MO
Very cool place, lots of fun climbing for all levels. Oct 12, 2017