REI Community
search
EM: Elephant Rocks State Park

Select Area...
A: Picnic Area 
B: Upper Picnic Area 
C: The Front Range 
D: The Porch 
E: Gill Boulder 
F: The Herd and The Den 
G: North Mountain 
H: Northern Exposure 
I: Trojan Boulder 

EM: Elephant Rocks State Park Rock Climbing 


Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 37.65126, -90.69007 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 25,466
Administrators: Marcus Floyd, Dave Hug, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Damon Vaughan on Dec 29, 2008
Forecast:
Today

98° | 76°
Saturday

99° | 74°
Sunday

92° | 70°
Monday

88° | 65°
Tuesday

85° | 66°
Wednesday

87° | 68°
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [3 people like this page.]

Description 

Welcome to Missouri's finest granite bouldering destination! Elephant Rocks offers a plethora of bouldering problems for every level climber. The rock is a large grained granite, which can be quite sharp and abrasive. Very good for friction though. Elephant Rocks is located about an hour and a half from St. Louis.

The park can be really crowded with family tourists, but I have yet to see any other climbers there. Because of the crowds, climbing is only recommended on weekdays. Also, roped climbing is prohibited within the park.

Getting There 

From St. Louis, take 21 (Tesson Ferry) south, and follow it for about an hour and a half. There are a few turns, so make sure you follow the signs that say Hwy 21. After the town of Bellevue, the park i well signed and on the left.

Guidebook 

Rock Climbing Photo: Sandstone Warrior
Sandstone Warrior


Dr Topo Guide

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 0.4 miles from here

53 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',18],['V2-3',5],['V4-5',9],['V6-7',6],['V8-9',4],['V10-11',2],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in EM: Elephant Rocks State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for EM: Elephant Rocks State Park:
The Tennishoe Crack   V0 4     Boulder   A: Picnic Area
The Finger Crack   V2 5+     Boulder   B: Upper Picnic Area
The Scary One   V2+ 5+     Boulder   A: Picnic Area
Sterno   V4 6B     Boulder, 7'   A: Picnic Area
The Shadow   V7 7A+     Boulder   A: Picnic Area
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in EM: Elephant Rocks State Park

Featured Route For EM: Elephant Rocks State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Gill Crack v4

Gill Crack V4 6B PG13  Missouri : EM: Elephant Rocks State Pa... : E: Gill Boulder
Battle to get into the large offwidth crack then scrap your way up the highball boulder. (Know your down climb)...[more]   Browse More Classics in Missouri

Photos of EM: Elephant Rocks State Park Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Elephant Rocks SP Bouldering Map provided by Marcu...
Elephant Rocks SP Bouldering Map provided by Marcu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brad McConnell on No Way Out V3, Elephant Rocks S....
Brad McConnell on No Way Out V3, Elephant Rocks S....
Rock Climbing Photo: Josh grabbing some nubbins on the top out
Josh grabbing some nubbins on the top out
Rock Climbing Photo: The rock here can be a little sharp!
The rock here can be a little sharp!
Rock Climbing Photo: overview of the park. all credits to Matt Bliss an...
BETA PHOTO: overview of the park. all credits to Matt Bliss an...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sterno. My all time favorite problem that tops out...
Sterno. My all time favorite problem that tops out...
Rock Climbing Photo: Shadow. The opposite arete from Tablecloth. Great ...
Shadow. The opposite arete from Tablecloth. Great ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Smoke. Devious starting sequence to a great topout...
Smoke. Devious starting sequence to a great topout...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tablecloth, a Missouri classic.
Tablecloth, a Missouri classic.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in the maze of boulders on the backside.
Climbing in the maze of boulders on the backside.
Rock Climbing Photo: Umbro on top of the dome.
Umbro on top of the dome.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice tall crack in the Front Range area.
Nice tall crack in the Front Range area.

Comments on EM: Elephant Rocks State Park Add Comment
Show which comments
By Joe Kreidel
From: San Antonio, TX
Feb 19, 2009
This is a great bouldering area and I was always surprised it didn't get more use from St. Louis/Missouri climbers.

I also think there is a faster way to get there. It is a little less direct but faster because I always found it tough to pass slow trucks on Hwy 21. From STL take I-55 S -> 67 South -> Hwy 32 West -> 21 South right to the park.
By Joe Huggins
From: Grand Junction
Jul 28, 2009
Although it has been a few decades since Elephant Rocks was my main area, I have to agree with Joes' assertion as to the fastest route. It's nice to reminisce about the 70's when we would drive down from St.Louis before dawn, drop some 'cid and boulder at dawn...Good Times!
By Chris Prewitt
Oct 29, 2009
Looking back, I realize that climbers all over the country travel 1.5hrs to get to where they want to climb, TIA or STL. Only now I have to hike for at least 30 minutes. At E-rocks you trip over the curb and hit your head on a boulder problem.
By Eero46
Aug 15, 2011
Why isn't this place more well known?!

This place has the most potential out of anywhere in the Midwest. The biggest boulders are comparable to J tree.
By ryanh0504
Oct 9, 2011
If there were more than 21 problems listed I would consider going here.
By James Wieman
From: Southern Utah
Apr 4, 2012
Elephant rocks is the awesome and has hundreds of problems with potential for many more. A great guidebook for it is Sandstone Warrior, mainly covering bouldering in So. Illinois but includes many problems in Elephant Rocks
By Paul Getzke
From: Bloomington, mn
May 22, 2014
Just the fact that John Gill put up problems at Elephant Rocks is reason enough to visit. I bouldered there about 30 years ago and still remember it as an outstanding place to climb.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About