Some of the best climbing in the gorge is located here. With both hard trad and sport, you can not walk away without a good pump. There are three distinct areas. Upper, middle and lower. Each area has classics that should not be missed.
Linville Gorge. Park at the Hawksbill trailhead. Hike up the mtn until you reach a sharp lefthand uphill turn. For upper and middle, go up the summit trail for about 5 minutes. Locate a climbers trail on the right. Follow this to the upper wall. Continue down the trail about 400 yards to reach middle. To reach lower, pass the uphill turn and make an immediate left. Follow this trail down for about 5 minutes.
A classic route that climbs a very unique sloping ramp. The first pitch (50') is pumpy the whole time and has great rock quality. There is a 2nd pitch that goes at 5.11- I believe, but it rarely gets done.IMHO, a glaring omission from Selected Climbs, which ironically features a full-page photo of this route but no description. ...[more]Browse More Classics in NC
The Hawksbill trail has become a ditch which can not recover from the hikeing impact and constant use. No amount of maintenance can save it. Climbers, if you love your Gorge, please consider approaching from Sitting Bear trail you passed earlier. Problem: SB has space of only 3 cars. A left at the ridgeline ( Jonas Ridge trail) will take you in sight of the left turn mentioned earlier.