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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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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Pilot Rock
One memorable downhill! Near Brevard, North Carolina
Pilot Cove
A beautiful ridge-line trail with a view and a downhill. Near Brevard, North Carolina
Laurel Mountain
A gradual climb with some technical sections. Near Fletcher, North Carolina
Pisgah Long Tour
A route through Pisgah with lots of climbing and 3 great descents. Near Fletcher, North Carolina
Ingles Field Gap
A fast, fun downhill with jumps, a couple berms and spring crossings. Near Asheville, North Carolina
Green's Lick / Ingles Field Gap Loop
Six miles of tough, rocky climbs reward you with a seven miles of blazing fast downhill. Near Biltmore Forest, North Carolina
From MP's sister site: MTB Project

Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs Rock Climbing 

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Location: 35.7946, -82.24703 View Map  Incorrect?
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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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Best climbs for YOU in this area
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Celo Photo courtesy of Brandon Calloway


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

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 2.8 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs:
Y Gully    WI3 Mod. Snow     Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 10 pitches, 2000'   
Left Wishbone   WI3-     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 2000'   
Crescent    WI2-3 Mod. Snow     Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1500'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs

Featured Route For Black Mountain Range Alpine Climbs
Rock Climbing Photo: Stephen Scoff on a P1 variation.

Browns Creek Falls WI4  NC : Black Mountain Range Alpine...
Ascend the initial steep section and about 150’ of grade II to the 100’ tiered pillars. Ascend this and polish the route off with a few lower angle pitches (probably best to rap after the steep pitch). Walk and rap the route.[Second Pitch Variation (WI 4): Occasionally a 30 foot free hanging sickle forms up and just left of the tiered pillars. Mix it up behind the pillar, pass a fixed pin/gear placements, mount the ice and crank to 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.

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