|Photos:||Recent | Best | Popular|
|Location:||34.7172, -98.7237 View Map Incorrect?|
|Administrator:||Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)|
|Submitted By:||Steve Marr on Nov 6, 2006|
|Comments on Elk Slabs||Add Comment|
|Show which comments —
By Evan Small
Oct 12, 2012
Question about boulder below elk slabs. A few minutes before you hit the boulders to scramble under, you pass this massive... maybe 30ft+ boulder. Has anyone been on this boulder or know any history of it? if anyone is interested in putting in some work on multiple lines on the boulder, let me know. I have 3 pads but could definitely use more protection and will be focused on this boulder as the weather gets colder.
By Daniel Winsor
Mar 29, 2015
Holy bushwhack. We got to do a brutal two hour approach to these slabs trying to follow these directions, so here's some stuff we learned yesterday that might help folks in the future:
-It doesn't matter which trail out of the parking lot you start at (there's two, one at the north end by the bulletin board and one at the east edge) BOTH trails come back together later before Post Oak Falls. I would recommend following the north trail, it's more heavily traveled and easier to follow.
-The trail will go slightly uphill at first, then flatten out in a large clearing, then head more steeply downhill. At the bottom of this downhill is the sign for Post Oak Falls.
-We went to the falls, then went sharp uphill just to the left (north) of the falls where there's a decent trail that intersects the approach trail to the slabs after about a quarter mile. The directions on MP say to pass the falls, then head right, I can't verify if that works or not.
-Once you take a right on the approach trail (Elk Slabs visible) KEEP GOING until you're located directly under the slabs on the trail. There are MANY options to cut across the stream bed early and the one we took was AWFUL. I've covered in bleeding scratches from crawling through thorn bushes. Type 2 fun.
-You should be looking directly up at the slabs from the trail before you head up to them. There's an obvious boulder/talus field going up to the slabs that has much less vegetation and is fairly easy to navigate to get you up to the slabs under Great Expectations/Nike.
-Where you cross the stream bed there are large boulders you go under that form a cave. From there, just keep moving up and right into the boulder/talus field. Stay on rocks, stay away from vegetation.
This approach should only take about a half hour, if there's another way to get up to the climbs, we definitely didn't find it. Good luck!
By Joshua Oliver
Apr 19, 2017
Daniel's comment above was very helpful to me, but here is some more information to add to what he said.
This hike took me about 45 minutes to do on the actual trail. Make sure that you don't turn off the trail too early to go up to the slabs. Be patient!
- Once you pass the falls the trail will take you down right next to the river, stay on the right side of the river and keep going.
- Pass the large boulder on your right and continue following the trail, you will pass a few places that look like good ones to cross the river but keep waiting.
- You will come to a point where the trail trends more uphill, you will come to a bit of a clearing on your left with multiple very large boulders. When standing at this spot, the crack of Great Expectations should be pointing DIRECTLY at you. From here go down under the big boulders and you will come to a trail that starts up the hill and goes right.
- It will take some interesting friction scrambling (nothing dangerous or too difficult) and ducking under branches and things to get up the slope but the routes are worth it!