Climbing Areas

A guidebook for the Austin area is available here. If you’re looking for online beta, or other area climbers, visit the Find a Partner page for useful links.


Located minutes away from downtown, the Greenbelt offers classic, limestone climbing routes in all grades. Several walls can be accessed from various trail heads.  See the map below.

Barton Creek Greenbelt Climbing

  • Zilker Access–  From I-35 exit on Riverside and head west.  Drive 1.5 miles to Barton Creek Rd and turn left (west).  Drive one mile past the Lamar intersection and the Zilker Park entrance will be on your left.  The Zilker trail access will be west of the Zilker Pool. Use this entrance if you are planning on riding a bike or if you need to lose a few more pounds.
  • Spyglass Access- From Mopac/Loop 1 exit on Barton Skyway and head east.  Barton Skyway will dead end in less than half a mile.  The trail begins where the road ends.  Use this access to reach the New Wall/Great Wall.  This access can be used to access Gus Fruh
  • Gus Fruh Access– From I-35 exit on Riverside and head west.  Drive 1.5 miles to Barton Creek Rd and turn left (west).  Drive about one mile past the Lamar intersection and turn left on Robert E Lee Rd.  Take the first right on Barton Hills Dr.  Continue down Barton Hills for exactly 2 miles.  The access is in the middle of  residential neighborhood on the right near the intersection of Barton Hills Dr. and Horseshoe Bend Cove.  Use this access to climb at Gus Fruh and Urban Assault
  • Loop 360 Access– From I-35 head west on Ben White Blvd.  Ben White Blvd will become 360 (a.k.a. Capitol of Texas Highway).  After Ben White Blvd becomes 360 the road will head down a steep hill.  This will be approximately 1/4 mile from Mopac/Loop 1.  Turn right at the light on the steep hill and turn into the bank parking lot.  The trail access will be located at west side of the bank parking lot.  Use this access to climb at Seismic Wall and Bee Hive Wall.


Austin’s largest sport climbing area, Reimer’s Ranch boasts hundreds of sport routes 30-50′ tall on limestone rock. The recently opened North Shore area added many more routes, as well as routes currently in development.


If you like hard, overhanging, pockety boulder problems on bullet-hard limestone, this place is for you.


Several high-quality boulder problems on limestone.


Massive granite outcropping 1.5 hours west of Austin, near Fredericksburg. Enchanted Rock offers some fine crack climbing and bold, slabby sport lines. E-rock will have something for even the most adventurous climbers.


Sport climbing on privately-owned land. Best hot-weather destination.


Pace Bend once offered some of the best deep-water soloing in Texas. Lake levels are now at a historic low, drying up some of the best routes. Come back after central Texas gets some rain!


2 thoughts on “Climbing Areas

  1. Hi! A friend and I plan on coming down to check out climbing at the Barton Creek Greenbelt this weekend 2/13. A friend from the area mentioned the climbing may have been closed. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.

    • Sorry for the late reply! Barton Creek is not closed, but there is one area in particular that is not safe for climbing: Great Wall near Spyglass entrance. The far left side of the cliff band is unstable due to rock fall. Please see “Climbing Areas” page for more info.

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