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The Boston Mountain Range consists of high-quality sandstone and is host to such popular areas as Cave Creek and Sam's Throne. Many of the cliff lines are hard to see from any roads, as they are set down in wooded valleys.

It is NOT considered proper to hang permanent draws or chains in this area, especially on already established climbs. It is also STRONGLY discouraged on new lines that go up.

Getting There 

The northwestern part of the state. Cities to look for include Harrison and Mt. Judea.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

205 Total Routes

['4 Stars',29],['3 Stars',106],['2 Stars',56],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sam's Throne & Surroundings:
Boston Rag   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Throne : White Trash Wall
Diagonal Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Throne : White Trash Wall
Poison Ivy   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   The Throne : Poison Ivy Wall
Albino Rhino   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   The Throne : South Side & Albino Rhino W...
Slam Dance   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   East Main Bluff : The Prow & Reality Wall
Patio Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   The Throne : The Plaque Wall
Razorback Roof   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   West Main Bluff : Arachnophobia, Dark Side, &...
Stems and Seeds   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   Cave Creek : Involuntary Wall, Flat Fiel...
Diet Pepsi   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   West Main Bluff : Arachnophobia, Dark Side, &...
Involuntary Manslaughter   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Cave Creek : Hidden Wall & Big Eyes Wall
Gracious Grant   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 65'   Candy Mountain
Windy Armbuster   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   East Main Bluff : Chickenhead Wall
Past the Jugs   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   The Throne : South Side & Albino Rhino W...
Instant Karma   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Throne : The Plaque Wall
Achilles Heel   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   Candy Mountain
Arkansas Reality   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   East Main Bluff : The Prow & Reality Wall
Brick Attack    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Cave Creek : Hidden Wall & Big Eyes Wall
Flying Elvis   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Cave Creek : Hidden Wall & Big Eyes Wall
The Show Me State   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 65'   Stack Rock : The Heart Chamber
The Black   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Valley of The Blind
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Break in the Battle 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  AR : Sam's Throne & Surroundings : ... : Too Big to Finger Walls
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Rock Climbing Arkansas by Cole Fennel
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By Jason Haas
Nov 2, 2009
The new comprehensive color guidebook to the state by Cole Fennel is now available in stores. This tome is 400 pages and describes nearly 1500 routes and 350 boulder problems.
By Tony Mayse
May 15, 2010
Cole's book is a nice color guide with nice action photos. The book down grades many routes. I have been climbing in Arkansas for the last 20 years and am taken back by the the multiple down grades on routes that have been established and confirmed by many climbers over the years. Ratings should not be down graded once you have dialed the route and decided that it is easier. Grades are set for on-sights not rehearsed work sessions. Clay's book gives a more realistic rating of the routes in my opinion.
By Luke Stollings
From: Austin, TX
Jun 29, 2010
See more comments about the Rock Climbing in Arkansas guidebook by Cole Fennel at the main Arkansas page including a review I wrote for Google Books.
By Bill Fitzgerald
From: Little Rock, AR
Aug 10, 2010
The National Forest Service is currently conducting a Heritage Site Review at Hudson Mountain and the Invasion Wall climbing areas near Cowell, AR during the month of August. The FS is asking that climbers, hikers, and all other users avoid these areas during the review process. Please respect the USFS request and pass the word on to other climbers.
By C. Archibald
Sep 6, 2015
Remember there is NO trash service at the Sam's Throne campground.

People have been piling trash in the outhouses. It's just sitting there, attracting pests. Please pack it out.
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