Jerry has done some amazing work on the Fern website and the Fern guidebook. For completely updated route info including all the new routes, fernclimbing.com
Small climbing area with a beautiful creek running through it. Primitive Camping is allowed in the parking area. But make sure you pack out what you bring in. Most of the climbs here are short, under 50 feet, but there are some good moderates.
From Mulberry/I40(20 min-12.6mile) Take the Mulberry exit (#24) off of I-40 and follow 215 North for about 10 miles. You'll reach the town of Fern. 0.7 miles to an unmarked dirt road on the right (its a pretty well traveled road) Follow this 1.6 miles and hang a right followed by an immediate right at the fork in the road. The parking Area is .3 miles after that. Be careful if you don't have a 4x4 after rains because it can get pretty muddy and there's a few big puddles.
There are two approaches the P.K. Boulder approach and the Standard approach.
PK Boulder approach-this leads you to the PK boulder, Fern North, Small Wall boulder Cowboy Boulder, and Factual Boulder. From the parking area head west a shortways up the trail to the cliff top a short scramble down leads around the north side of the PK Boulder.
Standard approach-Use this to get to the Lesbian Stronghold Boulder, Reservation Wall, Nasty Wall, Bleeder Boulder and Psychadelic Wall. From the parking area hike west on the trail to the cliff top follow the trail parallel to the bluffline east for 2-3 minutes where you'll go right through a narrow corridor that puts you at the bottom of the Bleeder Boulder.
Weather station 8.0 miles from here
60 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',0]
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BETA PHOTO: This is a rotated view of the right turn from 215 ...
BETA PHOTO: Bleeder Boulder (Inner Demons-Ole Dirty Loosey)
BETA PHOTO: Travel on Forest Service 1544 Rd. for 1.6 miles. A...
BETA PHOTO: After travelling down Forest Service 1544 Rd. for ...
BETA PHOTO: Go down Forest Service 1544 Rd. for 1.6 miles. Whe...
BETA PHOTO: Bleeder Boulder (Check Point Charlie-Cowboys and A...
By Drew Nevius
Sep 16, 2012
After you pass Fern (the town) and AR-215 veers right, you will pass the Fern Assembly of God and then a tall A-frame house on the right side of the road. Just after that, the "unmarked dirt road" you will take on the right is the national forest road 1544. It is the first dirt road turn after you pass Hummingbird Rd on the right. Once you turn right onto it, you should see a brown post on the right side of the road with "1544" vertically in white numbers.
By Henri Alexander
Aug 28, 2015
Supplemental to Drew's directions from 2012:
This place is quite hard to find at night if you've never been here before. There is no cell service and therefore no GPS. Check out the pictures I added in the pictures section. The directions by Drew and on the fernclimbing website will make a lot more sense.
You can camp here! Check out fernclimbing.com for the deets.
Weather: The location makes this place hard to climb if it rained in the past couple days. Moss grows easily here due to a nearby water source. Check the forecast, be safe and may the Schwartz be with you.
May 17, 2016
Fern Climbing Guide
Climbing guide for Fern can be found at the above link. Jerry does a great job updating the website in order to illustrate any new routes.