Elevation: 916 ft
GPS: 37.803, -83.576 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 4, 2006 with improvements by M Sprague
Admins: saxfiend, Jason Halladay, Shirtless Mike
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Description

Funk Rock City. The name immediately piques the interest.

This crag has the best concentration of 5.10-5.11 slab routes in the 80-90 foot range of any crag in the Red. The rock is beautiful, the routes are classic and the setting is stunning. Funk Rock is a truly unique RRG experience.

FRC is a superb winter crag if Swift Camp Creek is not running too high. It's aspect is due south and the wall acts as a great big solar collector.

Getting There

[Added by Jason Halladay, November 2015...but it's been a long while since I've been there...]
It's a bit of a hump to hike into Funk Rock City. We presumed that would translate into fewer crowds but it didn't for us. Expect a hike of 20 to 30 minutes for your first time hiking in and figuring it out.

From the Nada Tunnel on KY77, near the Military Wall/Left Flank areas, drive E/NE for about two miles to a T intersection. Turn right (still KY77), and drive about three-quarters of a mile to another intersection at KY77 and KY715. Turn right onto KY715 and drive about 8 miles to a large parking area/pulloff on the left. Park here.
From the parking area, dirt mounds/hills block an old dirt road. Hike the old dirt road for a bit over a half of a mile to a creek crossing. You may have to wade the creek so perhaps bring sandals just in case.
After crossing the creek, hike upstream on the old road for a couple hundred feet to a trail that heads left, uphill. Take this trail to the far left end of the crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Funk Rock City

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 44
Up Swift Creek Without A Paddle
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 84
Rite of Passage
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 85
Cruising Lane
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 87
Headstone Surfer
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 123
Manic Impression
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 96
Funkadelic
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 35
Goodstone
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 73
Prime Directive
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 107
Eye of the Needle
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 63
There Goes the Neighborhood
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 58
The Infidel
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 42
Hardcore Jollies
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 24
Go Easy Billy Clyde!
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 62
Orange Juice
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 13
Appalachian Spring
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Up Swift Creek Without A Pa…
 44
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Rite of Passage
 84
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Cruising Lane
 85
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Headstone Surfer
 87
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Manic Impression
 123
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Funkadelic
 96
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Goodstone
 35
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Prime Directive
 73
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Eye of the Needle
 107
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
There Goes the Neighborhood
 63
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Infidel
 58
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Hardcore Jollies
 42
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Go Easy Billy Clyde!
 24
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Orange Juice
 62
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Appalachian Spring
 13
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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