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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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South side crags access issue. MORE INFO >>>


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 4.8 miles from here

19 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',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'   
Way of the Cougared   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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, 70'   
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Trevor at the first roof

Way of the Cougared 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Area 51
Some nice climbing on good rock. Climb the flake and skirt around the left side of the roof. Traverse back right, pull a couple harder face moves to a ledge. Mantle over a little roof and clip the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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