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By Chad Wagner
Sep 11, 2014
|Info provided taken from guidebook. Thanks Ray! Sorry to rip the info.|
Sep 5, 2016
First... w/ 9b re-opening, the guidebook mileage is wrong as things have changed back there and the road ends much earlier then before the renovation. That said, add aat least an additional 10-15 minutes on all the approaches launching from the new parking area for Purple Valley (ie. the end of the road).
Next, Indian Creek... from the "new" Purple Valley parking area you have to walk across the stream and continue down the obvious road for about 7-10 minutes. It is very overgrown, but on the right you will see two metal/wood pylons w/ small rock cairns on top. If you hit "T" intersection w/ the stream, you have went too far (about 15 minute walk). Again, hard to see in the brush... someone should put a sign for the climbing community, but that is the start of the approach trail for Indian Creek.
After that is a complete crap shoot... Partner and I lost a full day and a half trying to find this area and essentially bushwhacked for hours. We found rock back there, but it definitely wasn't what we were looking for (some definite potential though - lol)...
Can a local who need to bank some good "juju" and knows where they are going, pls provide explicit step-by-step instructions w/ tangible geographic markers for getting to this area from the approach trail described above and spare the rest of the trad climbing community the misery that everyone has to suffer finding this crag? For example, do you ever cross the intial drainage at the end of the short grassy path or are you always keeping it to your right? There is another trail that heads left and as you are heading up that... I am prety sure it forks. Do you stay left or right? Once you hit the area where the ground flattens out do you veer left or right?
Soo many questions and soo few answers and any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, WTF is a "logging road" mentioned multiple times in the guidebook, because that must have a completely different meaning in KY. From where I am from they are pretty obvious... In KY it looks like it means a barely visible completely overgrown (maybe even never a trail) trail that constantly makes you question if it is even a trail at all - lol.