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Table Rock 


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BETA PHOTO: East Face of Table Rock
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  • Description 

    Table Rock sits high on the eastern ridge of Linville Gorge. It commands a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape of western North Carolina.

    This is a very popular destination for beginners and there is a tourist trail to the summit. There is a road that ends very close to the climbing area as well. These factors combine to create a rather circus-like atmosphere at times.

    Despite that, Table Rock can be a fun, relaxing experience if approached with good judgement and knowledge.


    Getting There 

    The summit trail begins at the Table Rock parking lot, opposite the camping area. About 5-10 minutes of hiking up the trail will bring you to a cutoff trail to the right. Take this cutoff and continue to the cliff face, which will put you near the eastern end of the south face. Continue east and around the corner to the left to the east face; the north face can be reached by continuing to the end of the east face and following the trail around to the left.


    42 Total Routes


    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',9],['5.7',7],['5.8',5],['5.9',3],['5.10',9],['5.11',6],['5.12',3],['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 Table Rock:
    Jim Dandy   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
    Peek-a-Boo   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
    North Ridge   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
    Cave Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   
    Skip to My Lou   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
    My Route   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
    Helmet Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
    Hidden Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
    Rip Van Winkle   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
    Cornsnake Crack   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches   
    Helmet Variation   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
    Crackerjack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
    White Lightning   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
    Second Stanza   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 250'   
    The Honeymoon   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
    Slippin' into Darkness   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
    Hanging High   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
    Tall Climb to Be Good On   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
    Wooly Aphid   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
    What's Up Doc?   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
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    Featured Route For Table Rock
    first pitch on My Route

    My Route 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b  NC : Linville Gorge : Table Rock
    A great, exposed route that starts from Lunch Ledge. The best route from Lunch Ledge to the summit.Approach via climbing Jim Dandy, Skip to My Lou, Cave Route, or any other route that leads to Lunch Ledge OR scramble up the 3rd class gully that connects with the East Face climber's trail between Cave Route and Second Stanza.Start: from the right-hand side of Lunch Ledge.P1: Climb up and right across easy ground aiming for bolts following the blunt arete. Look for the streak of clean rock amid ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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    Table Rock with The Gorge & Shortoff from Hawksbill
    Table Rock with The Gorge & Shortoff from Hawksbil...
    Table Rock, NC (south side)
    Table Rock, NC (south side)
    Angels Attic highline set up over the Devils Cellar. Josh Bittner (2004)
    Angels Attic highline set up over the Devils Cella...
    Me at the second belay station on Second Stanza. About to second the third pitch.
    Me at the second belay station on Second Stanza. A...
    Summit of Table Rock, looking NW <br />photo M. Chaney
    Summit of Table Rock, looking NW
    photo M. Chaney
    The Chimmneys anchor rings
    The Chimmneys anchor rings
    Late-day top outs lead to excellent sunsets.
    Late-day top outs lead to excellent sunsets.
    Table Rock with November Snow
    Table Rock with November Snow
    Devils Cellar Highline (Mike Holley, 2009)
    Devils Cellar Highline (Mike Holley, 2009)
    Trail Sign
    Trail Sign
    View of the south side of Table Rock
    BETA PHOTO: View of the south side of Table Rock
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    By H2O
    Oct 9, 2012

    Climbed Table Rock East Face this weekend, climbed Jim Dandy and started Cave Route (weather turned us around). The Selected Climbs in NC guide book is not entirely accurate on how to get to the climbing areas (South, East and North Faces). First off, there are no knee high railroad ties on the left side in which to turn right. It is the first trail you come to when you exit the parking lot along the MST trail, it is about .25 miles and looks like a switch back, once on this trail you will see a railroad tie on the right side about 50 ft from the intersection, but you can't see the ties from the trail intersection. From there the guide book is correct. I included a grid for Jim Dandy (on the Jim Dandy page) as a start point reference for all other climbs on the East face. Below is a grid coord for the trail intersection in which to turn to head to Table Rock South, East, and North face climbing areas.

    N 35 Deg, 53 min, 17.1 sec
    W 081 Deg, 53 min, 06.3 sec

    Enjoy and hope this helps

    By Ben Martelino
    From: alpharetta
    Feb 27, 2014

    trying to plan a trip up to table on memorial weekend does anyone know if climbing will be allowed during that time? looking to hit cave route and some of the other 5.5-5.6 routes up there.

    By Jonathan Dull
    From: NC High County
    Mar 3, 2014

    Ben, you'll be fine. The gate will be open by then and you won't be in any areas that are closed due to Peregrine Falcon closures.

    By John Braun
    From: Hendersonville, NC
    Mar 23, 2014

    The road to Table Rock is gated and the gate is (I believe) closed in the winter until April 1. If you decide to go, you can hike (or bike!) a steep mile and a half up the paved switchbacks to the picnic area.