Elevation: 3,515 ft
GPS: 35.88831, -81.88519
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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 14, 2006 · Updates
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Access Issue: 2021 seasonal raptor closure (January 15th-August 15th) Details

Description

Table Rock sits high on the eastern ridge of Linville Gorge. It commands a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape of western North Carolina.

This is a very popular destination for beginners and there is a tourist trail to the summit. There is a road that ends very close to the climbing area as well. These factors combine to create a rather circus-like atmosphere at times.

Despite that, Table Rock can be a fun, relaxing experience if approached with good judgement and knowledge.

Getting There

From the parking lot, take the trail north (toward Table Rock: the big cliff you can see from the bathrooms). After about 5 min (0.25 mi), you will see a 3 foot high Rock wall on the right (made from really big rocks) turn right up this trail. Then after about 1 min (50 yards), you will see the first trail on your left; only take this to get to "The South End" routes ("Fresh Garbage" through "Two Pitch").

Keep going straight for "The East Face" routes ("Blood, Sweat and Tears" through "My Route") and "The North End" routes ("Second Stanza" through "Devil's Cellar Chimney".

After about 7 min (part of which you will be walking right next to the cliff on your left) you will arrive at 3 railroad tie steps; right above these are the bases of "Jim Dandy" and "Peek-a-Boo".

If you keep going, the trail will steepen; after about 8 min the trail will bring you to a 6 foot high scramble up through a little chimney formed by the cliff on your left and a huge boulder on your right. Right before this chimney is the base of "The Cave Route".

After scrambling up through that little chimney, the trail will curve to the left and then really steepen into a 4th class scramble up about 30 feet, which will bring you to "the Lunch Ledge" to the left, and "The North End" routes ("Second Stanza" through "Devil's Cellar Chimney") to the right.

On "the Lunch Ledge", the cliff will be on your right, and the first route you will come to is the base of "My Route" 5.6, then keep going to access the base of the 3rd pitch of "The Cave Route".

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Classic Climbing Routes at Table Rock

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 306
Jim Dandy
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 275
North Ridge
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 136
Peek-a-Boo
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 185
Cave Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 239
My Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 80
Skip to My Lou
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 77
Hidden Crack
Trad 4 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 45
Cornsnake Crack
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 84
Crackerjack
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 197
White Lightning
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 32
The Honeymoon
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 100
Slippin' into Darkness
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 60
Second Stanza
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 47
Tall Climb to Be Good On
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 39
What's Up Doc?
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Jim Dandy
 306
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 3 pitches
North Ridge
 275
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
Peek-a-Boo
 136
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
Cave Route
 185
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
My Route
 239
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Skip to My Lou
 80
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Hidden Crack
 77
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Cornsnake Crack
 45
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Crackerjack
 84
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
White Lightning
 197
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
The Honeymoon
 32
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Slippin' into Darkness
 100
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Second Stanza
 60
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Tall Climb to Be Good On
 47
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
What's Up Doc?
 39
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
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