Echo Canyon Rock Climbing
|GPS:||51.077, -115.31 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Tom Gnyra on Aug 30, 2015|
|Admins:||Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra|
DescriptionAn incredible area with lots of everything: techy, pumpy, crimpy, juggy, long, short and the most important of all, CRANKING.
Echo canyon was actually only developed recently and by the folks who got bored of other hard man areas or wanted to colonize this huge feature. The canyon is visible from the road (you can see a huge left facing corner from the cougar canyon approach). They succeeded as it is incredible. Only a few other areas have the consistency of quality and stone which is obvious in Echo.
Now quite popular with both the Canmore and the Calgary crowd, on any given weekend the lookout and the hideaway may have a ton of people sweating in the sun. The best time of year is fall where the sun is less powerful and the stone is still warm (unless you go to the notch, where summer is the only season).
Getting TherePark on the road below the Canmore Alpine CLub Clubhouse. Do not park in their lots as they allow climbers to use this road but not their lots. There should be other cars there but it is essentially before the lowest parking lot on the left when driving up the road.
The GPS coordinates are the listed for the parking area. The approach is similar for both the notch and the other areas.
Step 1: Essentially, walk across the road to a ramp that goes up into a trail. After about 20 minutes, you will get to a drainage. Get to the climber's right of the drainage until you see a few options to go up to the hill, the last one being the correct one (before you must leave the trail that turns into the drainage again). Many mountain bike trails make this to be confusing. If you feel as though you may be going back towards the horse ranch, turn around and go back to the drainage.
Step 2: once you have found the steep hill climb you will know for sure and be on switch backs for ever. Hopefully you didn't pack too much, but it isn't that bad for long. You will eventually see that you are really far above the drainage and you will get to a sign (wood, burned letter)
Finally this is where you either go towards sunny, left side crags or shady right side crags. from here, both take another 20-30 minutes and you will be climbing. The trail for the left side may be a bit mangled but it's all there.
Classic Climbing Routes at Echo Canyon
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