Elevation: 1,097 ft
GPS: 37.901, -83.638 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 11,679 total · 79/month
Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 4, 2006
Admins: saxfiend, Jason Halladay, Shirtless Mike
Getting weather forecast...

Description

The routes at Purple Valley are unique for the area and typically aesthetic in appearance and the way they climb. A few routes top out, and most are 50 feet or longer. While Purple is popular, it is not odd to be the only party at the cliff.

Getting There

Drive to the end of FS Rd. 9b. If you haven't been to Purple Valley in a few years the road now ends quite a bit earlier than it used to. Park same as Dip Wall, cross the creek, and walk the old gravel road to a second creek crossing. After passing a road on the right look for a faint trail on the right across from some old posts. This is the original approach trail.

19 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Purple Valley Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at Purple Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Flaring Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 52
Into the Purple Valley
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 27
Come In Your Lycra
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 26
Electric Cowboy
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Flaring Crack
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Into the Purple Valley
 52
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Come In Your Lycra
 27
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Electric Cowboy
 26
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
More Classic Climbs in Purple Valley »

Sun & Shade

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos

Mark Cushman
Cumming, GA
Mark Cushman   Cumming, GA
Sometimes the creek will come over the "bridge", in this case, park and hike the last few hundred feet up to the camping area and trail. In the fall of 2005 the Forest Service Road 9 was washed out and Andy Welter and I rode mountain bikes up to Purple Valley to climb. We weren't the only ones with that idea - another team was already there! Oct 26, 2007
Jeremy Steck
Salt Lake City, UT
Jeremy Steck   Salt Lake City, UT
As of 5/08, the bridge over the creek is gated. You must park in the pull off just before the creek. To access the approach trail, continue on foot accross the creek. You will pass a marked trail on the right almost immediately after crossing the creek. Keep going and take the next trail to the right about 100 ft further. It's well worn once you cross the small meadow and start uphill. Jun 5, 2008
I am not sure if this is all the time or when it happened, but the gate is closed to FS road 9B all together, you have to hike down the whole thing, which is like 4 miles. Apr 25, 2016
Adam Mills
Athens, OH
Adam Mills   Athens, OH
They are currently doing road repairs on 9B. I heard it was supposed to be finished and opened back up last year, however it is still closed. So, who knows when it will be open again.. Apr 29, 2016
its open now actually, and really nice. Did anyone find a chalk bag here? it would be at squeezy or into the purple valley, it was a international climber festival one and we would really like it back. pm me if you got it, thanks. May 25, 2016