The very best way to access this area is from Sawmill Road. Park there and walk up to the boulders. Entering the Echo View neighborhood has become an issue of late. Please keep in mind this has been a local area for a long time. All of the boulders in this guide are located on Private Property, this isn't a Forest Service area etc. As a result, let's be cool with the local residents and park on Sawmill, otherwise we could easily see this area go away. Let's avoid that. The residents don't mind the climbers, they don't like all the traffic.
The areais nice, very compact, but they posted a sign at the top where the normal area was. The people nearby still say they are friendly to climbers, but they recommended I park at the bottom at the actual dead end of Echo drive by the boat trailers and hike up. Its an easy hike (about 200 meters) to get to the boulders from the bottom.
Does anyone know the name of the peak above here? is it echo mtn?
I like the bouldering here and the problems range from easy to very difficult. Many of the landings here are bad and pads are recommended if you don't want to roll an ankle. Please be respectful of the property owners who own the house next to the rocks. I havn't had any problems yet but i always leave the Stone Hedge the way it was when i got there, and i ask that you do the same. There are many solid problems here and its always a great place for a nice workout.
Nigel Scarth did some new problems and sent me the beta:
Slaying the Dragon V8
The project that was number 44 (Boulder G) - I started with left hand low on sidepull with heel next to it and right hand on a good crimp. Slap left up the arete and jump out right to an OK knob. Rocked up on this and stood on an undercut.
On the back of this boulder is a dyke with a good hold in it. Start on this, up with right to dyke edge then up again to crimp, intermediate with left and then big jug after a rock over. Did it from one move lower down at a V7 but the sitter is THE line maybe a 9/10??
Coyote hard V6 (maybeV7)
Just right of problem 50 (Boulder I) start with hands in BIG undercut pocket, right to cluster of crystals and then left to shallow pocket, then dyno left to good edges.
I live close to this area and frequently boulder there. As far as I can tell the house with the boulder attached to it is a vacation rental. On one occation a woman came out upset because I had parked in the large dirt area, from that point on I'll only park on the street. There is a concentration of boulder problems that top out in view of the backyard of this house. I don't know how these people feel about climbers wandering around so close and in plain view of their backyard but it may be wise not to show up in large numbers grunting and yelling. I'd also ask how wise it is to publicize info on this area as this may jeopardize climbing access.
Banny Root ,Dan Osman,Vaino Kodas,Paul Crawford and I used to boulder here regularly in the 80's.The first problem you see when you get out of the car was a wicked mantel problem we named "The Vellodrome",V7 first done by Vaino Velo Kodas. Another standout problem is located down the hill near sawmill road on a solitary boulder. The overhanging west face has a lone problem "Elephant Gun",V6 that I finally sent in 1985. As you walk northwest from the parking area past the classic finger traverse,V0, you eventually arrive at a large boulder with a classic hard problem on it's north face - Big Bob's,V8,- heinious crimps,FA Banny Root 1985. 20 yards further north is another good boulder with theV4 "Alamo" and V6 "Danamo" on it's western facade facing the intersection of Sawmill and that other road(it's been awhile?),FA Me and Dano,1986. Other good problems can be found at the Archery Range about one mile SW on aforementioned road. They were done by Banny and Dano and are Tallboys in the V6/7 range. Skoal, Aldude
The directions in this SuperTopo to get to Echo View are slightly unfinished. If you get lost as easily as I do, this may be helpful. You do turn right on Echo Drive...but if you continue along Echo drive until it dead ends at the dirt road, you will be a bit confused (as I was).
Resort to a map or: From turning right on Echo Drive:
--Turn right on Echo Drive (from Sawmill)
--Follow Echo Drive until 'just before' it dead ends into a dirt road (that is blocked with dirt hills and bike ramps). Instead, turn right & follow this up the hill. From here, you will see the fairly nice parking area & the sign & the house built with a rock in the wall.
It's just a small difference, but enough to throw me off for a good 30 minutes...
Have fun -- beautiful views here...and some fun problems...but we found it a bit crumbly.