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Stack Rock Rock Climbing 

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The Show Me State 5.12b


Once a hidden "secret" crag only known to a few, Stack Rock offers a multitude of high-quality routes in a very secluded and remote setting. Rivaling nearby Sam's Throne for quality and quantity, Stack Rock offers excellent routes for just about everyone.

While weighted mostly towards gear-based climbs, several mixed and sport routes makes a set of quickdraws a welcome addition to the trad rack.

Stack Rock has walls facing all directions, making it easy to find sun or shade as needed for year-round climbing.

For guidebooks see Cole Fennel's "Rock Climbing Arkansas" or the slightly older "Arkansas Rock" by Clay Frisbie.

PS: I've only been here once and in no way consider myself "knowledgable" about Stack Rock. Please let me know if you have additional information or corrections so I can add them to the general info.

Getting There 

Getting to Stack Rock can be very difficult, with miles of back roads and plenty of chances to get lost. Getting there from Mt. Judea or Lurton requires multiple tuns on unmarked back roads, while coming from Snowball is a little more straight forward. See the directions in one of the guidebooks for details.

Climbing Season

For the Richland Creek Area area.

Weather station 13.9 miles from here

33 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Stack Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stack Rock:
Hunting for Mushrooms   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Slackline Pillar
Snack Pack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 65'   The Heart Chamber
Cackling Hens   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 55'   North Wall
Sanctified   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Slackline Pillar
The Show Me State   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 65'   The Heart Chamber
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Featured Route For Stack Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew Gertsch pulling the crux

The Show Me State 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Arkansas : Richland Creek Area : ... : The Heart Chamber
Best route at stack hands down.Climb a 5.10 finger crack to a no hands rest, then begin climbing the steep face on good holds. The fourth fixed draw will be the reachy crux, pull past it and cruise to the desperate finish....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arkansas

Photos of Stack Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: 5.10c on pillar, sport
5.10c on pillar, sport
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Daniels Climbing "The show me state"...
Matt Daniels Climbing "The show me state"...

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By michaeltarne
Jun 24, 2012
STACK ROCK NEEDS MORE TRAFFIC! Seriously though, you need to go climb there. It's really not as bad of a drive as they make it out to be (about the same distance from central AR as Sam's) but it's a lot more of an adventure. The approach is easier than Sam's, great quality rock, decent camping (or at least it will be again very soon,) and fun climbing- all it needs is more people! The trail mentioned to be under construction in the guidebook has long been finished, and a few of us are trying to get some more built out to the pillars on the other end. If you haven't been out there, you have to go! It's what Arkansas climbing should be like.
By Jon Wood
Jun 28, 2012
The approach is a little tougher than Sam's. For one, it's uphill. Still, worth it! The climber trails are a little rough on the north, but the south side is fairly decent. We cleaned it up a bit for you with machetes, if you've got one bring it. Quality rock is an understatement. This crag is spectacular. The walk-in camping sites are great, but it's a walk. The car camping is so so, but don't forget Richland Creek is just six miles south from Dickey Junction. There's pit toilets and water. Also, it's creek side. Might be able to find a swimming hole on a hot summer day. Best of all, it's free. Stack is one of the more remote crags, but this makes it even more appealing to me. Beautiful country! Even had the chance to see a large bull elk crossing the road at dusk between the crag and the Ozark Highlands trailhead on the way out. Totally worth the trip. It's loaded with moderates if you're new to trad. Great place to start. There's also some bolted moderates as well. Plenty of tough trad and sport if you're looking to push it. Make the trip. I guarantee you it's worth it. Just remember to bring your ethics. Let's keep this crag pristine! I posted a video of Hunting for Mushrooms on my facebook,, if you want a small peak at one of the lesser quality routes. Still, arguably one of the best top outs in Arkansas. Happy trails!
Oct 21, 2012
Agreed. I hope I never ever see another soul at Stack Rock. It's pretty sickening to me that anyone would want to see this place turn into HCR, my least favorite crag in Arkansas. The worse the roads and trails out to it are, the less garbage and spray paint (Fountain Red) we'll see. Also thanks to all those who have taken a shit in the open and left toilet paper strewn all over the place. Please just bury it and don't litter.
By Daniel Siegel
From: Portola, CA
Nov 1, 2012
I believe there is a 5.10c sport route on the side of the pillar. A must do if you are out there.
By Creed A
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 8, 2014
When you get to the cliff line, walk left. The trail to the right is heinously unkept and thorny. Even if you are going to a route like Cackling Hens, it is still easier (albeit longer) to head left and follow the cliff around. FYI.

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