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Balefire S 
Cage Match S 
Crossing the Line S 
Did you Kiss? S 
Free Range Show Poodle S 
Game Theory S 
Instant Gratification S 
Lunate S 
Made in The Shade S 
Natural Regression S 
Next Time S 
Nope, just sex S 
Project, The S 
Replicant T 
Scaphoid S 
Skin Job S 
Stays in Vegas S 
Waco not Hueco S 
Way of the Cougared S 

Area 51  


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Description 

This is the place to come for an easy approach to some long, steep, and classic routes. There are also a hand full of easier routes here, and many newer routes not listed in the Williams Guide. Hopefully over time, folks will populate the this site with information on the newer routes.

The rock gets early morning sun and heads into the shade in the early afternoon. Some of the shorter routes stay shady all day in the summer when the leaves are on the trees.

Getting There 

Follow the Propp's Ridge Road approach for all of the South Side Meadow Crags. At the point where you turn left on to the railroad grade continue for .3 miles to a campsite area on the right. Park in the campsite, or if it is full, there are many places here to pull off and park, just be sure to keep your vehicle completely off the road. From the campsite, walk down the road about 150 yards and look for a trail on the left about 100 feet before passing the second power line pole. Follow this trail up the hill for a short distance to reach the very overhanging cliff. The first route that you will come to is Crossing the Line, 5.13b.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.5 miles from here

19 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',4],['5.12',7],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Area 51:
Free Range Show Poodle   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Lunate   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Instant Gratification   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Waco not Hueco   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Replicant   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 110'   
Made in The Shade   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Crossing the Line   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Project   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For Area 51
Lunate stars in left corner of image.

Lunate 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Area 51
Climb up the slab to gain a stance to the right of a right facing flake/crack. Follow the crack up to its end and make a few face moves to reach a horizontal below a small overhang. Pull the overhang on very positive holds to a cool mantle top out. Overall, this route is fairly sustained for the grade, however there are a few good rests. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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By LibbyS
Sep 7, 2012
The Mountain Project app appears to have an incorrect order (left to right) for these climbs. Scaphoid is the left of Lunate, not the reverse.