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Description 

South Bubble offers a handful of climbs that may be considered easy to moderate. There are Trad and TR opportunities here. The lower slabs offer friction and face climbs, while the upper walls offer routes of moderate difficulty on vertical terrain. This is a small area that you could find work all day at. So when the crowds are swarming to Otter Cliffs and Precipice, South Bubble will likely stay quaint.

It is of southern exposure, getting great sun early. If it rains and passes, the rock will soon enough dry out and be ready for you to climb on. If the rain won't seem to quite, walk out and drive to the other side of Jordan's Pond for a famous blueberry popover. This is actually a productive place to be, since you can watch the conditions over the cliff from your lunch table!

A standard rack and 5om rope are needed to climb here. Like most other climbing areas in Acadia, best conditions typically exist from May to October.

Be warned, South Bobble also has some popular hiking trails that crawl over and around the Cliff. There is a good chance one of these hikers will unknowingly knock down loose rock and send it flying! Wear a helmet.

Getting There 

the cliff is easily spotted from the park road when coming from the south (or coming from Precipice, Great Head, or Otter Cliffs since the portion of the road they are on is one-way). From Bar Harbor direct, follow the Park Loop Road past the turn off for the one-way section. Continue past the Cadillac Mt. summit road, Bubble Pond parking, to the Bubble Rock parking which will be on the right. A bit past here on the right is additional parking. Walk down the stone stair case and follow the obvious trail up the cliff

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.1 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Bubble:
Moraviana   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Upper Slab and Upper Wall
Gargoyle   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Upper Slab and Upper Wall
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Featured Route For South Bubble
Charlie near to topping out on the second pitch

Moraviana 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  ME : Acadia National Park : ... : Upper Slab and Upper Wall
A very moderate two pitch climb, with the crux being towards the top of the last pitch. Start to the right up the upper slab, and quickly enter a left facing corner. Vegetation in the crack makes getting protection tricky. Power past this to a few easy moves and reach old rusted bolts to set up a belay. The second pitch begins with a long scramble up fourth class terrain before you reach a nice vertical section, with some fun moves. It's a pretty easy climb, and protection shouldn't be a problem...[more]   Browse More Classics in ME

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A team of Waldos reach the top of the upper slab, post Halloween 2009
A team of Waldos reach the top of the upper slab, ...
Looking up the upper slab to the top chunky stuff
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the upper slab to the top chunky stuff
charlie and ben hanging out at the bottom of the upper slab at south bubble
charlie and ben hanging out at the bottom of the u...
South Bubble from the road.
BETA PHOTO: South Bubble from the road.

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