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Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Browns Creek Falls T 
Crescent  T 
Left Brain Right Brain T 
Left Wishbone T 
Potato Hill Direct 
Royal Air T 
Taj (Left and Right Variations), The T 
Y Gully  T 
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Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs  


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Administrators: saxfiend, Edward Medina, Ryan Williams, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Stephen Scoff on Dec 25, 2013
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Description 

North Carolina's Black Mountain Range probably holds the best alpine snow and ice routes in the Southeast. These routes are huge with 6K+ elevation change, 1 to 4 hour approaches (and descents), humbling bushwhacking, and hundreds to a thousand plus plus of feet of everything from steep snow to technical ice.
The remote and committing nature of these routes require a pre dawn start, map, compass, and/or GPS and the knowledge to use them (i.e., waypoint your vehicle).


An accident up there would require a helicopter short haul and more than one party had to call the Yancy County Sheriff's Department for assistance...

Please give these routes and the range the respect they deserve.

Getting There 

Trailheads and bushwhacking starting points are located off of roads accessed via highway 80 South of Micaville. See routes for specific approaches.

Please refer to the South Toe River, Mount Mitchell, and Big Ivy Trail Map (Pisgah National Forest).

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.8 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['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 Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs:
Crescent    WI2-3 Mod. Snow     Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1500'   
Y Gully    WI3 Mod. Snow     Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 10 pitches, 2000'   
Left Wishbone   WI3-     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 2000'   
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Featured Route For Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs
Feb 2013 Conditions

Crescent WI2-3 Mod. Snow  NC : Black Mountain Range Alpine...
By far the best of Celo routes. Ascend the large left facing corner to the more obvious ice. Climb, scramble and occasionally walk to the end of the slide. Pick up the sawed trail (re-cut as of 12/2012) at its very end and head to the top. Descend the Woody Ridge Trail (be sure to follow the WR trail across the rock step near the top)....[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By Stephen Scoff
From: Columbia, South Carolina
Dec 25, 2013
More routes to follow....
By george wilkey
From: travelers rest sc
Dec 25, 2013
this is great stuff Stephen. really appreciate you adding this to MP.