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Barton Creek Greenbelt Rock Climbing 


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Administrators: Hank Caylor, Matt Richardson, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Joseph Stover on Jan 5, 2007  with updates from Tommy Blackwell
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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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Weather station 4.0 miles from here

133 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',46],['2 Stars',70],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',6],['5.8',13],['5.9',16],['5.10',27],['5.11',25],['5.12',14],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',3],['V4-5',4],['V6-7',11],['V8-9',5],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Barton Creek Greenbelt

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Barton Creek Greenbelt:
Hollywood   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
Bird Dog   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 40'   Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
It's A Wiggle Butt   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
Heir Apparent   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Gus Fruh : Gus Fruh aka Fern Bar Area
Fern Bar   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 50'   Gus Fruh : Gus Fruh aka Fern Bar Area
Over Easy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
Torpedoes Away   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 40'   Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
Chicken Supreme   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 30'   Gus Fruh : Gus Fruh aka Fern Bar Area
Magster   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
Matter of Honor   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 35'   Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
King of Ging   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 55'   Gus Fruh : Kingdom of Ging
Diving for Rocks   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
Charlie Don't Surf   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Gus Fruh : Kingdom of Ging
Rock Retard   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Gus Fruh : Gus Fruh aka Fern Bar Area
Through the Looking Glass   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   New Wall : The Great Wall
Urban Assault   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 90'   Urban Assault Wall
Lonesone Dove   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 15'   Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
Hysteria   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   New Wall : New Wall Proper
Tunnel Vision   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 55'   New Wall : The Great Wall
Cuttin' Cards for a Poke   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Alec dives for those rocks and sticks it

Diving for Rocks 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Texas : Barton Creek Greenbelt : Seismic Wall A.K.A. Maggie'...
The crux is getting from the 2nd to 3rd bolt. The "easiest" way to do it is probably to lunge, but it can be done static as well. I reccommend doing it both ways for the full effect! After the crux, it is easier, but you still gotta hang on. Some of the rock up top can be a bit dusty....[more]   Browse More Classics in Texas

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By Thomas J White
From: Austin TX
Dec 13, 2007
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
By Matt Richardson
Administrator
From: Longmont, CO
Jan 15, 2008
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.
By JK1
From: Lakewood, CO
Mar 3, 2008
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?
By jeremy long
From: BOULDER CO
May 19, 2011
What happened to Urban Aussalt?
By Jtorres
Aug 27, 2012
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.
By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
Administrator
From: ABQ, NM
Aug 27, 2012
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.
By Jtorres
Aug 31, 2012
@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
By E Wydeven
From: Austin, TX
Jan 27, 2013
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.
By Erik Love
Jun 8, 2013
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!
By Caitlin Arnett
Jun 29, 2015
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.
By Tommy Blackwell
From: Austin, Texas
Jul 14, 2017

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