|Elephant Rocks State Park
Elephant Rocks is a pretty good bouldering area in Southeast Missouri, about an hour and a half from St. Louis. The rock is a large grained granite, which can be quite sharp and abrasive. Very good for friction though.
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.
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.
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|Photos of Elephant Rocks State Park Slideshow
Umbro on top of the dome.
Climbing in the maze of boulders on the backside.
Tablecloth, a Missouri classic.
Smoke. Devious starting sequence to a great topout...
Shadow. The opposite arete from Tablecloth. Great ...
Sterno. My all time favorite problem that tops out...
BETA PHOTO: overview of the park. all credits to Matt Bliss an...
The rock here can be a little sharp!
Josh grabbing some nubbins on the top out
|Comments on Elephant Rocks State Park
|By Joe Kreidel|
From: Tucson, AZ
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: 666 Rue le Jour-Edge City
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.
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.
Oct 9, 2011
If there were more than 21 problems listed I would consider going here.
|By James Wieman|
From: Little Rock, AR
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