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Tower Rock  


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Location: 37.82688, -83.5954 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Tower Rock is a free standing pinnacle with a lot of old school routes of various grades. The earliest climbing in the RRG was probably done here.

Tower Rock is not closed, but the USFS asks that you limit your climbing here. One local jokes that that means you're only allowed to climb at your limit there.

Getting There 

Drive on route 715 from its split from hwy 77. Pass the Gladie Creek Visitor Center and then keep your eyes open for the trailhead sign on the left side of the road. It is about half a mile past Pumpkin Bottom Campground.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.9 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',1],['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 Tower Rock:
Caver's Route   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 4 pitches, 200'   
Salad Days   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Arachnid   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Curving Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Dog Days   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Africa   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Africa 5.9

Africa 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  KY : Red River Gorge : Tower Rock
Though Dog Days and Africa lack the beautiful aesthetic of their perfect corner of a neighbor, appearing to be rough and chunky, they are both good lines. Both of these are surprisingly good climbs on good stone. More surprising still is that either one is harder and more pumpy than the large roof cap on Arachnid.To climb Africa, start on the crack near the continental outline, where good jamming takes you up a small distance past the 'map' to a good stance at a pod in the crack. From this stan...[more]   Browse More Classics in KY

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By DannyUncanny
From: Vancouver
Nov 5, 2012
Tower Rock is out of the new guide and sees little traffic these days and most of the nylon anchors are rotting. Be careful what you trust up there.
By Jay Collins
Jun 4, 2014
The trail head is at 3749.706'N 8335.921'W. Park in a small turn-out, don't bottom out your tiny rental car. You'll find a trail head sign across the street.