Solar Collector/Gold Coast Rock Climbing
Ethics Police. photo by Anthony Carco
As you approach the cliff you come to the Solar Collector first. An east-facing wall that gets taller as you move to the right. The routes start at 5.10+ and progress to 5.12 as the wall grows and the lines get longer. The tops of these route will get wet in the rain as the routes go right to the top of the wall.
The next main section of cliff after you pass through a cave and a few slabby routes in black rock that look nice, is the Gold Coast which faces south. This wall is pretty amazing to behold. Route on the main section of wall range from 5.13 to project. The climbing is on holds that are smaller than your typical Red River Gorge fair. Many of the routes follow streaks and will likely be wet if it has been raining a bunch, but they do not go to the top of the wall so should stay dry for the most part except for Black Gold which is in a drainage.
Further right most of the routes are traditional lines of more moderate grades.
Take the Fixer Rd turn off to the right near a sign for Lee County. Make your first left and follow th epaved road which eventually turns to dirt/gravel. About a mile after the road turns to dirt look for a big gas tank on the left that has been painted to look like some sort of creature, turn right here and follow the road to the end at a RRGCC kiosk.
Pick up the trail to the right of the kiosk and follow it through a ravine and across some logs through a marshy area. You will see a trail signed "Gold Coast" on the right, this trail will take you to the far right side of the cliff which is mostly traditional climbing. The next signed trail you see to the right will be for the "Solar Collector" This trail accesses the two main sections of the wall.
Weather station 3.2 miles from here
35 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Solar Collector/Gold Coast
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Solar Collector/Gold Coast:
Slow Jack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 45'
Green Horn 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Rebar 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Buddha Hole 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Supafly 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 80'
Featured Route For Solar Collector/Gold Coast
God's Own Stone 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a KY
: Red River Gorge
: ... : Solar Collector/Gold Coast
This unlikely looking route follows the gorgeous swath of gold stone on the left end of the wall. Most of the climbing is surprisingly easy for the grade, but a vicious boulder problem on minuscule holds at mid-height shuts down most attempts. This route seems to be a popular choice for the first-14a seekers, but successful ascents are still rare. ...[more] Browse More Classics in KY
The Gold Coast at high tide.
The Remarkable "Gold Coast"
A famous MPer from Boulder levitates near the Sola...
Gold Coast detail. From L --> R: Black Gold, ...
Standing in one of the big huecos that Solar Colle...
The Rain Collector...the day after a Spring storm ...