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By Evan Small
Oct 12, 2012
Question about boulder below elk slabs. A few minutes before you hit the boulders to scramble under, you pass this massive... maybe 30ft+ boulder. Has anyone been on this boulder or know any history of it? if anyone is interested in putting in some work on multiple lines on the boulder, let me know. I have 3 pads but could definitely use more protection and will be focused on this boulder as the weather gets colder.
By Daniel Winsor
Mar 29, 2015
Holy bushwhack. We got to do a brutal two hour approach to these slabs trying to follow these directions, so here's some stuff we learned yesterday that might help folks in the future:
-It doesn't matter which trail out of the parking lot you start at (there's two, one at the north end by the bulletin board and one at the east edge) BOTH trails come back together later before Post Oak Falls. I would recommend following the north trail, it's more heavily traveled and easier to follow.
-The trail will go slightly uphill at first, then flatten out in a large clearing, then head more steeply downhill. At the bottom of this downhill is the sign for Post Oak Falls.
-We went to the falls, then went sharp uphill just to the left (north) of the falls where there's a decent trail that intersects the approach trail to the slabs after about a quarter mile. The directions on MP say to pass the falls, then head right, I can't verify if that works or not.
-Once you take a right on the approach trail (Elk Slabs visible) KEEP GOING until you're located directly under the slabs on the trail. There are MANY options to cut across the stream bed early and the one we took was AWFUL. I've covered in bleeding scratches from crawling through thorn bushes. Type 2 fun.
-You should be looking directly up at the slabs from the trail before you head up to them. There's an obvious boulder/talus field going up to the slabs that has much less vegetation and is fairly easy to navigate to get you up to the slabs under Great Expectations/Nike.
-Where you cross the stream bed there are large boulders you go under that form a cave. From there, just keep moving up and right into the boulder/talus field. Stay on rocks, stay away from vegetation.
This approach should only take about a half hour, if there's another way to get up to the climbs, we definitely didn't find it. Good luck!