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Echo Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Echo Canyon could technically be considered part of the Main Dome climbing experience. It's included here as a separate area because of the abundance of individual areas, number of climbs, and an atmosphere that is different from other areas in the park. The vast majority of the climbing is found on the east (Main Dome) side of the canyon, with just two areas and a handful of climbs on the west (Little Dome) side. The east consists of Throne Rock, the Orange Peel Area, Motorboat Rock, the Triple Cracks Sanctuary, and Rapeller�s Rock. The west side is home to the Sopwhip Boulders and The Frog. Finding your route can be a little confusing at first, but the area is pretty easy to navigate once you get your bearings. There are a few bolted routes in the area, but most require trad gear. Also, most routes are equipped with top anchors. On any given weekend, Motorboat Rock is home to instructional groups and guided parties because of the short, moderate routes with easy access to top rope anchors. The other areas can also become crowded but you can usually find something to jump on. classic routes in the area include Jack Knife (5.5) combined with Cave Crack (5.6), Owl Crack (5.8+), Middle Crack (5.8), Orange Peel (5.10a), and Clockwerk Orange (5.11a).

Getting There 

Echo Canyon is easy to find and has one of the shortest approaches of any area in the park. Follow the park road to a turn around with a gazebo at the end (and restrooms of to the right). From the gazebo, walk down the stairs to the creek, and follow the obvious trail that leads toward the dome. Approximately a third of the way up the dome, the trail splits at a wooden sign: the summit trail branches right while the Echo Canyon Trail goes left. Follow the Echo Canyon trail over the saddle between the two domes and down a rocky draw. There are several large boulders and a small interpretive board with a map of the park at the base of the draw. Two climbers' trails lead to east side of the canyon: the purple trail is used to access Throne Rock, Orange Peel, and Motorboat while the green trail leads to Rapeller�s Rock and Triple Cracks. On the opposite side of the boulders, a red trail takes you to The Frog.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

36 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Echo Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Echo Canyon:
Mount Ann   V0 4     Trad, Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Lunch Rock Area
Lunch Rock Direct   V1 5     Boulder, 25'   Lunch Rock Area
Jack Knife   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch   Throne Rock Area
Practice slab   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR   Throne Rock Area
Cave Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   Orange Peel Area
Upper Grass Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   Triple Cracks Sanctuary
Can Opener   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Motorboat Rock
Mystery and Imagination   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 60'   Orange Peel Area
Navy Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 35'   Motorboat Rock
Middle Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Triple Cracks Sanctuary
Owl Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Triple Cracks Sanctuary
Becky's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Triple Cracks Sanctuary
Ben's Dilemma   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 35'   Motorboat Rock
Orient Express   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Throne Rock Area
Motorboat   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 40'   Motorboat Rock
Orange Peel   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Orange Peel Area
Hard Hands   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Throne Rock Area
Grass Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Triple Cracks Sanctuary
Clockwerk Orange   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Sport   Orange Peel Area
Shocker   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 30'   Motorboat Rock
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Rock Climbing Photo: Ben trying hard not to swing off the laybacks on S...

Shocker 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Texas : Enchanted Rock State Natura... : ... : Motorboat Rock
Some slabby face moves lead to a powerful undercling, then a BIG reach or deadpoint to the base of a beautiful, but short, arching fingercrack layback flake. This route got an X in the original guidebook, although the crux is pretty protectable. The techy smears in the upper half make it a pretty heady lead, though....[more]   Browse More Classics in Texas

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