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Walk In The High Country
Sport, 500 ft (152 m), 5 pitches,
Avg: 3.3 from 15
FA: James Crump
> Enchanted Rock…
> Main Dome
> Devil's Slide
Access Issue: Rule changes for pets and trail closures 30 minutes after sunset
Rule Changes Concerning Pets at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to Take Effect March 1. Beginning March 1, new rules will take effect at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area designed to balance the need to better protect sensitive natural habitats atop the rock, including the vernal pools, and still allow visitors to continue to enjoy central Texas’ most popular destination with their pets.
Starting Tuesday, pets will only be allowed in specified camping areas, day-use areas and the Loop Trail. Pets will no longer be allowed to accompany hikers on the Summit Trail that ascends to the top of Enchanted Rock. Most trails, including the Summit Trail, are closed 30 minutes after sunset, allowing park visitors to view the sunset and safely descend to the parking lot. The Loop Trail is the only trail open after sunset to gain access to the primitive camping areas.
This route is a great multi-pitch traverse across the backside of Main Dome. Crosses several other popular routes, so you may have to wait or ask permission to cross other parties if its a busy day. This climb can definitely be a route finding challenge past P3 due to the sea of bolts on Main Dome.
P1-3 can be done as a standalone, topping out on several different climbs or rapping off of Easier Than It Looks anchors with a single 60m rope.
P1 (~30m): Climb the face using the arete formed by the right facing dihedral (4 bolts) to a set of anchors.
P2 (~30m): Traverse up and right across the top of the overlap (6 bolts) to a set of anchors.
P3 (~30m): Traverse across easy terrain to a grassy ledge (no bolts) with 2 sets of anchors (left is Easier Than It Looks, right is Mark Of The Beast).
P4: Continue traversing the upper shield using bolts on existing routes following a dike that angles up (guidebook says 3 bolts, 2 anchors).
P5: Angle up and right through a dish and a bulge (guidebook says 2 bolts).
Starts on the far left side of Devil's Slide. Look for a large, arching right facing dihedral that is approximately 150' to the left of Easier Than It Looks. The climb starts on top of the dihedral, immediately to the left.