Elevation: 907 ft
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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 4, 2006 with updates from Eugenel Espiritu
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Description

Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge has an interesting mix of older classic trad routes and early sport climbing testpieces. While there aren't many easy routes in the area, some of the moderate ones have attracted intermediate climbers over the years.

Inhibitor is a trad classic and a 5.11 masterpiece involving some wide, some really wide, and steep hand jams. The classic 5.11 sport route King Me was featured on the cover of the seminal "How to Climb 5.12" manual from a few years ago.

Hard core traddies or sportos that visit the area will miss out on some classics if they don't dabble in their weaker discipline. The Underling (5.9, trad) is a must do, as is Jack in the Pulpit (10d, sport). And just to make things interesting one of the best and most well-known problems in the Red is located on the boulder that fell out of the Inhibitor dihedral. You can get by without a crashpad, but make sure you have a spotter for the mantel crux of The Pearl V5.

Easter Sky Bridge Ridge also boast the current hardest trad line in the Red and perhaps in Kentucky: Silently Does the Sun Shine, a 5.14- put up by Andrew Gearing.

Getting There

From the concrete bridge on KY 715 (parking area for Eagle's Nest and Wall of Denial) drive a little further back toward Pine Ridge and look for a wide pulloff on the left before the Swift Camp trailhead parking on the right. Walk back down the road toward the bridge and look for a trail on the left (as you walk, uphill) side of the road.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 56
Good Times
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 102
The Underling
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 42
No Return
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 44
Doppler Effect
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 90
Jack in the Pulpit
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 29
Inhibitor
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 101
Super Dario
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 120
King Me
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 30
Commencement
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
Sick Puppies
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 53
Dave the Dude
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 19
Martin Rides Again
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
The Learning Curve
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
What's Right with the Underling
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
Soul Ram
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Good Times
 56
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Underling
 102
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
No Return
 42
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Doppler Effect
 44
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Jack in the Pulpit
 90
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Inhibitor
 29
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad
Super Dario
 101
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
King Me
 120
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Commencement
 30
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Sick Puppies
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Dave the Dude
 53
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Martin Rides Again
 19
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Learning Curve
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
What's Right with the Under…
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Soul Ram
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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EthanC  
The parking area is north of the very sharp hairpin for the the sky bridge by about 0.7 miles on 715. If you're heading north the first parking area is for funk rock, the second is for sky bridge. Aug 27, 2014
Jordan K
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Jordan K   Ohio
Parking lot is at 37.8145855,-83.5819858
If coming from the direction of Nada Tunnel, it is about 0.6-0.7 miles past the one-lane concrete bridge. There is another turnout about .1 miles up the hill that is Funk Rock.

Trail head is about 300 downhill and around the bend from the parking area at 37.8149404,-83.5806639
(Not super obvious where trail hits the road, but there is a forest service sign post about 15-20 feet off the road on the trail)

5 min hike up hill. Beautiful sunny climbing -- great winter crag, but expect full sun in summer! Jan 19, 2015