Climb Classic Lines at E-Rock

Pick from plenty of adventure options in the heart of Texas

Mar 11, 2012
Outside Magazine

   Photo: Brandon Seidel

The Sell: Great local music and pink granite domes.
The Grit:
Central Texas’s original climbing playground sits west of Austin within the 1,643.5-acre Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ($6 entry fee). Set up camp inside Enchanted Rock ($12 per night) and explore roughly 200 slab and crack climbs, ranging from 5.5 to 5.13. The parking lot fills up quickly so head in before 9:30 a.m. to ensure you get a spot. Trad climbers should hit up Stranger than Friction, a 5.10 150-foot slab climb, and Middle Crack, a high-quality 5.8 crack climb, in Echo Canyon. Need a guide? Mountain Madness Climbing School leads full-day climbs at E-Rock starting at $85. Once you’ve made a dent in your tick list, head into Austin and splurge on a room at the Hotel San José (starting at $145), a 73-year-old bungalow-styled hotel that sits just a few blocks away from the Colorado River. Set some time aside to rent one of the hotel’s single-speed cruisers ($20, full day) and bike to Barton Springs, a naturally fed spring water swimming pool. If you need something more active, head off to Barton Creek Greenbelt, a sport climbing and mountain biking park. Come Sunday, gorge on grits, fried catfish, BBQ brisket, and Bloody Mary’s during Stubb’s Bar-B-Q’s gospel brunch, featuring live gospel music. ($18.95 with view of band.)
The Verdict:
A trip calling to climbers with a healthy appetite for adventure of all sorts.

Filed To: Austin