South Bubble Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Overview of Cliff from the base near Lower Slabs
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.
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 For the Acadia National Park area.
Weather station 8.1 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in South Bubble
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Bubble:
Featured Route For South Bubble
Escape Hatch 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a ME
: Acadia National Park
: ... : Upper Slab and Upper Wall
I thought this pretty "old school" 5.5, but used that rating since it came from the current guidebook (Grant Simmons, 2014) whose ratings are supposed to be "the grades that the climbing community has settled on." However, even the guidebook calls the climb "stout" ! P1 - Climb the Upper Slabs, usually accomplished on the lead via the large right facing corner at the left edge of the upper slabs, perhaps stepping out onto the face near the top, bolted anchor. 5...[more] Browse More Classics in ME
BETA PHOTO: South Bubble from the road.
ben rapping out @ the end of the day.
charlie and ben hanging out at the bottom of the u...
A team of Waldos reach the top of the upper slab, ...
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the upper slab to the top chunky stuff