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Wall of Denial is a great place to go to escape the crowds. Except when the crowds show up trying to avoid you.

It's a long walk but well worth it. The routes are good and varied. The setting is aesthetic and remote.

Getting There 

Park at the concrete bridge parking area. Hike up the Douglas Trail as if going to Eagle's Nest. The trail will bend right (south) with the river past Eagle's Nest. After a few more minutes you will cross a shallow, but narrow gully. Immediately after crossing look for a trail heading into the rhododendron on the left. After making the split look for another split and follow th eleft trail up the hill toward the cliffline. Once at the main cliff walk around the corner to the right. The wall faces south.

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wall of Denial:
Bongo   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 60'   
Funhouse   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 80'   
Strick 9   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 60'   
Red River Renaissance   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
Toxic Avenger   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 60'   
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Dave Lutes working into the crux of Strick 9

Strick 9 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  KY : Red River Gorge : Wall of Denial
There is a distinct crux midway up the route. But it isn't terribly harder than the climbing before or after.Fancy footwork will serve you well as you stem and edge your way up this route.This was my first 5.9 lead and it is a good route to break into the grade. Just make sure you get good gear before moving past the roof....[more]   Browse More Classics in KY

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The Red River in the Upper Gorge.
The Red River in the Upper Gorge.
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