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Routes in Pistol Ridge

A Fresh Start T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Armed T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Bitchmobile T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Black Friday T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Chem Studs S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Crouching Tiger T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Danger Mouse S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Double Helix T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Dreams V3+ 6A+
Hidden Dragon T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
It's a Wonderful Life S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Menifee Meth T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
Misadventures of Nabisco County, Jr., The T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Ol' Yeller T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
People Gully T 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a
Please Don't Feed the Triceratops S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Refrigerator, The T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Ride 'em Cowboy T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Solar Flare T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13
Spinnacle S 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Super Gun T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Way of the Peaceful Warrior T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
When Doves Cry V4 6B
X Files, The T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Elevation: 1,147 ft
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Description

This wall is actually located in the main Indian Creek Drainage, but trail access begins just right of the fork of FS rd. 9. The wall's aspect is mostly west except for a few routes. The rock tends to be gray and can be damp for some time after a rain.

The average rock quality is somewhat low, but there are a fair number of moderate routes. Despite the great height of the wall, most routes are rather short.

Getting There

Park near the bridge at the split of FS Rd. 9. Walk a few yards down 9b (right fork) and look for a trail on the left side of the road. The guidebook says take the 2nd trail on the left, but there is a false trail head that appears to be 2nd if trying to count from the gate. The false trail has a national forest sign and eventually disappears on you about 300 yards left of the actual approach. The real trail starts about 50-100 feet after the bullet-riddled road sign that can now be seen in this photo.

Follow the long trail to the wall.

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Nick Ehman
Bloomington, IN
Nick Ehman   Bloomington, IN
what about "crouching tiger" or "hidden dragon". The two badass offwidth roof routes? May 24, 2012
Sam Golden
melbourne, FL
Sam Golden   melbourne, FL
note for anyone going here, there is a train right across from the area that you park. This is NOT the trail that leads to the wall. Go about 30 feet to the right of this trail and you will find the walkin. May 28, 2012
Honestly, Pistol Ridge isn't worth the steep approach unless you're sick of crowds and want a kinda crappy crag to yourself. May 26, 2017
Pistol ridge has 6 super fun and classic routes in it and the approach is really easy. Jul 21, 2018
Matt Clay
Estill County, KY
Matt Clay   Estill County, KY
Was out here a few weeks ago and spent better part of an hour in the woods due to taking the wrong "trailhead". We were following the guidebook's instructions, so felt pretty dumb on my part. My wife's wrath didn't help...but talked to another group of climbers there and they had the same problem. The guide says take the 2nd trail on the left, but there is a false trailhead that appears to be 2nd if trying to count from the gate. The false trail has a national forest sign and eventually disappears on you about 300 yards left of the actual approach. The real trail starts about 50-100 feet after the bullet-riddled road sign that can now be seen in the photo I've added. Cool place though, and I enjoyed the crag despite the wasted time and energy. Oct 31, 2018

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