Elevation: 432 ft
GPS: 38.528, -90.587 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Marcus Floyd on Nov 24, 2017 with updates from Jonathan Greever
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Description

This pocketed limestone exposure is a vertical gem along the winding single track, Chubb hiking trail. Daily hikers can encounter horseback riders and mountain bikers exploring the shade covered trails. Voices from the Meramec River echo through the trees as boater float their way down river towards Castlewood Park. Visiting the area requires a bit of respect for the solitude and natural silence experienced by other users. Remember to pack out everything you pack in and be conscious of any animal waste, or barking noise, that could annoy horses, other nature lovers, or ultimately effect future enjoyment and use of the area. Hiking trails provide an enjoyable walk along fields and the Meramec River. DO NOT WALK ALONG THE RAILROAD TRACKS. Some of the trails do cross the tracks at this trail head but follow the great trails, for an easier walk, and experience the wild life. Established crag trails follow existing game trails. Please limit yourself to the existing trails.

Currently, the single outstanding crack is the main featured climb but, as of October of 2017, a hand full of other lines provide a mix of climbing options, including six sport lines, a couple of which are easy to set a top rope from above. The bottom right side of the cliff has a distinguishable overhang that fades away to a vertical face, in the middle of the exposure, where the Chubb Trail Crack gracefully divides the crag. This overhang provides for some interesting, bouldery starts for most of the lines right of Chubb Crack. Just below the roof, a horizontal crack line makes for a low traverse and warm-up boulder problem.

Sport lines have rap anchors with chains, several or which can be accessed from above to use as a top rope setup if leading is not your thing or you feel the need to get to know the area and rock type before taking a hold of the sharp end of the rope! Two large eye bolt anchors provide an anchor point away from the edge of the rock to help keep you safe while connecting and setting a top rope.

Getting There

From Saint Louis, head west on I-44, take Lewis Road, north past the Golf Course, then turn right onto Allen Road. Drive slowly and watch for golf carts as you drive down and under the railroad. Continue to the dead end parking trail head and do not block any roads or gates. From the car, there is a 15 min hike or a 5 minute bike ride to mile marker 4. This point can be reached by following the Chubb Trail towards the Meramec River and east toward Castlewood Park and Lone Elk trail head. Following the trees along the north side of the railroad tracks provide great shade during the summer months. Do Not Cross the rail road tracks at the trail head parking area. Do not hike and follow the rail road tracks. The rail road crossing is for tail users but do not stand on or hangout near the tracks.

At Chubb Trail mile marker four (#4), look due south and follow the faint trail up the rocky embankment. Continue up the steep slope to gain access to the base of the limestone exposure. Chubb Trail Crack is a great trad line that sucks up pro. Just right and left of the crack is a sport line with safety bolts and rap anchors. Do not pull plants out of the pockets. Many of the plants are flowers and provide shelter for salamanders and other things calling this area home. Remember to pack out everything you pack in and be conscious of any animal waste, or barking noise, that could annoy horses, other nature lovers, or ultimately effect future enjoyment and use of the area. Happy exploring this limestone gem.

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Josh Quigley
Missouri, USA
Josh Quigley   Missouri, USA
This wall faces Northwest and doesn't get much sun during the colder months. Nice area not too far from STL. Jan 23, 2018