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Devils Elbow

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About Devils Elbow:

Cliffs overlook The Big Piney River and there are spots available for camping near the water (pay and free ones).

Watch for poison ivy during the summer. The walls catch the southern sun, so can warm up to hot during the summer and are perfect on crisp days. You'll find a few bolts scattered about, but they are old and need to be checked everytime for their trustworthyness. Bring slings for the trees and perhaps some pro for your anchors.

The Elbow Inn has some good BBQ and you can swim in the river on the hot days.

NOTE: This area is on private property. Please see Access Restrictions below.
Nearest town or city: Rolla
Directions: Take I-44 to the Route J exit (#169) near St. Roberts and Ft. Leonard Wood. Go south on J and make an immediate right onto Route Z (which is actually old Route 66).

Bottom access: Continue on Route Z and turn left on the last road before crossing the river, pass the Elbow Inn (biker bar and canoe rental). Just past Elbow Inn bear left (straight, really) onto the gravel road. Do not cross the river over the bridge on the right. This option allows you to easily survey bluffs, but approach path is a pain. The lower approach trail is now marked by a small cairn on the side of the road about 3/4 of a mile past the Elbow Inn. If you drive past a muddy side road on the right you have gone to far. It is steep and crumbly and somewhat of a pain in the ass to get up. Park either at the Elbow Inn or along side the gravel road, but the parking on the road is narrow since the road is too. Only 1 or 2 cars will fit. The gully 4th class gully takes you right up to a small amputheater near the Long Face area.
Latitude, Longitude: 37.84828, -92.05812
Access Issues: Devil's Elbow is private property from the top side. The owners are requesting no rock climbing from their property as they have paying tenants who use it for their own purposes. Teasley Lane is a county road, however all property along both sides is privately owned. The owners have purple "no trespassing" signs posted and are adding other signs to clearly mark the property, so there should be no question as to whether it is okay or not. Trespassers will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Camping: Free
When to Climb:
Quantity of Climbs: Day

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