Local Outdoor Climbing Areas

So your in the DFW Metroplex (Dallas/ Fort Worth) and you want to get out on the rock. Your in luck since we have several outdoor climbing areas within a few hours of DFW.

Climbers at Mineral Wells State Park
Climbers at Mineral Wells State Park

Mineral Wells State Park

100 Park Road 71

Mineral Wells, TX 76067

Mineral Wells is located about 90 minutes west of DFW and is very popular on the weekends.  The climbing area is located inside the park.  The climbs at Mineral Wells top out at 35′ and is a top rope only crag with bolt hangers located at the top of the routes which can be accessed from the top very easily. Plan to have at least 30′ of anchor material for top ropes, some bolts are close to the edge and some are a ways back, slinging trees and natural anchors are prohibited as is bouldering.

There are numerous camp sites available and there is a small camp store for camping supplies, but no climbing gear.  There is a climbing guide available at the ranger station free of charge and you must stop by the ranger station to sign their liability waiver and pay the $5.00 climbing fee and $5.00 park entrance fee.

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High Anxiety, 5.7 Lower Mount Scott, Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge

Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge

32 Refuge Headquarters Road,

Indiahoma, OK 73552

The Wichita Mountains is located about 2.5 hours northwest of DFW just outside Lawton Oklahoma.  The Wichitas are mostly a traditional climbing area with a few sport routes spread out in the different climbing areas. The Wichitas have numerous climbing areas located across 50,000 acres and most of the areas have parking lots and require a short 10 to 20 min approach. Finding some of the climbing areas can be somewhat difficult your first few times out so it is highly recommended that you have a guide book to help and can be purchased at the visitor center. The rock is high quality granite and while there are some multipitch routes throughout you will find that most of the single pitch climbs range from short 30′ to 100′ and some of the multipitch climbs can get up to 200′. A standard rack for the Wichitas might consist of a double rack of cams to 3″ a set of nuts and 10-12 runners, tricams work well in the Wichitas as does hexes a 60m rope will work just fine.  If you want to set up top ropes some of the areas may require long anchor material 20-50′ would work for most applications.

Lower Mount Scott, Wichita Mountain WIldlife Refuge
Lower Mount Scott, Wichita Mountain WIldlife Refuge

There are a few camping options available both on and off the refuge.  On the refuge Doris Campground has pay camping and has bathrooms and thats about it, off the refuge Latonka Campground is a City of Lawton Park and has plenty of camping next to the lake, it also serves as an RV campground but if your looking for a more private setting there is primitive camping available also, Latonka has restrooms, showers, gas stations and restaurants located close by.

City of Lawton Latonka Campgrounds

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