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Arrowhead Stack T,TR 
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Indian Springs Rock Climbing 

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Indian Springs hosts a variety of different climbs. There is a lot of potential for new routes and most existing lines are easily top roped. There are several overhanging cracks that may even be in the 5.12 range.

Rock quality is generally great except for perhaps the last few feet.

Getting There 

Before the park road turns back to the right to make its loop, there is a long pullout on the right. Park here. From the pullout, look at the cliff to your left, and notice the spot with a high concentration of big cedar trees. This is Indian Springs.

Follow the trail taking left splits toward Indian Springs. You will eventually come to a gorge. Spanning this gorge is an old water pipeline on top of a steel girder. Either hike down and back up, or "scooch" yourself across the top of the girder. Once across, head nearly straight toward Indian Springs. You should come across a buried water tanker with a lid on it.
From here look up the slop and notice where the pipe is exposed all the way up to the Springs.
Follow the pipe as closely as you can up the ridge to Indian Springs and the base of the cliff.

N34 56.515 W101 38.136

--- From Spencer William
This is an amazing and remote climbing area for those who are good at setting their own top rope anchors. We parked shortly after the Cactus Camping area on the road cut out that's found on the right. After parking you will cross the street and begin your hike on the trail found across the road to the left. Its a hard area to find but we managed with the description to the Indian Springs climbing area. On your way their are tons of cool boulders to climb and things to explore. Once you get to the big sandstone walls keep walking around tell your able to do a very short easy climb to the top of Indian springs.

Bring tons of ropes, biners, and webbing to tie anchors and set top ropes. This is a long and moderately demanding hike so bring tons of water and don't do this in the hotter months.


Option 1: hike west along the top of the cliff until you discover a 5th class downclimb.
Option 2: hike east along the top of the cliff until you find an easier downclimb.
Option 3: rappel off the tree with webbing (be prepared to leave your own webbing)

Climbing Season

For the Palo Duro Canyon State Park area.

Weather station 16.0 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Indian Springs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Indian Springs:
Warpath   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Indian Springs
Rock Climbing Photo: Arrowhead Stack being top roped.

Arrowhead Stack 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c  Texas : Palo Duro Canyon State Park : Indian Springs
This route follows a series of broken blocks stacked on top of each other that range from easy block moves to long hands with fun footwork. This eventually leads to a good stance below the crack to finish the line. The crux is the crack which uses high feet on chossy holds that make the final moves committing....[more]   Browse More Classics in Texas

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