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Alternate Reality T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Blood, Sweat, and Tears T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Cave Route T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Center Stage T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Champ's Route T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Consolation Prize S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Cool-down route T,S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Cornsnake Crack T,S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Crackerjack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crushed Velvet T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Devil’s Cellar Chimney T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ellie Raynolds Memorial Buttress T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Excess Reality T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Field's Direct T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fresh Garbage T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hanging High T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Helmet Buttress T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Helmet Variation T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hidden Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hobble and Gobble T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Hobbling Hobbit T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Honeymoon, The T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
ICU T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Indecent exposure T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Irish Stout T,S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13
Iron Maiden T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Jim Dandy T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Junior's Last Laugh T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Just Say Moo S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
K-Mart Special T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Lateral Inhibition T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
My Route T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
North Ridge T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Peek-a-Boo T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Peterbuilt S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Refrain T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Rip Van Winkle T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Second Stanza T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sideshow T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Skip to My Lou T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Slippin' into Darkness T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Solar Plexus T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Tall Climb to Be Good On T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Tankslapper S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Trundler, The T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Two Pitch T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Warm Up Route T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Waste A Bit T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
What's Up Doc? T,S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
White Lightning T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Wooly Aphid T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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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.

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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
Jim Dandy
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
North Ridge
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Peek-a-Boo
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Cave Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
My Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Skip to My Lou
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hidden Crack
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Rip Van Winkle
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crackerjack
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
White Lightning
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Honeymoon
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Slippin' into Darkness
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Second Stanza
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Tall Climb to Be Good On
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
What's Up Doc?
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Jim Dandy 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 3 pitches
North Ridge 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
Peek-a-Boo 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
Cave Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
My Route 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Skip to My Lou 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Hidden Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Rip Van Winkle 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Crackerjack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
White Lightning 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
The Honeymoon 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Slippin' into Darkness 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Second Stanza 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Tall Climb to Be Good On 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
What's Up Doc? 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
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Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Selected climbs in North Carolina covers Table Rock...
amazon.com/Selected-Climbs-… Jan 11, 2017
Does anyone know if there is a guidebook for Table Rock? Jan 10, 2017
- APPROACH - 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 now be on your right, and the first route you will come to is the base of...
"My Route" 5.6,
then continue up and to the left for the base of the 3rd pitch of...
"The Cave Route". Jun 17, 2015
John Braun
Hendersonville, NC
John Braun   Hendersonville, NC
The road to Table Rock is gated and the gate is (I believe) closed in the winter until April 1. If you decide to go, you can hike (or bike!) a steep mile and a half up the paved switchbacks to the picnic area. Mar 23, 2014
Jonathan Dull
Boone, NC
Jonathan Dull   Boone, NC
Ben, you'll be fine. The gate will be open by then and you won't be in any areas that are closed due to Peregrine Falcon closures. Mar 3, 2014
Ben Martelino
alpharetta
Ben Martelino   alpharetta
trying to plan a trip up to table on memorial weekend does anyone know if climbing will be allowed during that time? looking to hit cave route and some of the other 5.5-5.6 routes up there. Feb 27, 2014
H2O
H2O  
Climbed Table Rock East Face this weekend, climbed Jim Dandy and started Cave Route (weather turned us around). The Selected Climbs in NC guide book is not entirely accurate on how to get to the climbing areas (South, East and North Faces). First off, there are no knee high railroad ties on the left side in which to turn right. It is the first trail you come to when you exit the parking lot along the MST trail, it is about .25 miles and looks like a switch back, once on this trail you will see a railroad tie on the right side about 50 ft from the intersection, but you can't see the ties from the trail intersection. From there the guide book is correct. I included a grid for Jim Dandy (on the Jim Dandy page) as a start point reference for all other climbs on the East face. Below is a grid coord for the trail intersection in which to turn to head to Table Rock South, East, and North face climbing areas.

N 35 Deg, 53 min, 17.1 sec
W 081 Deg, 53 min, 06.3 sec

Enjoy and hope this helps Oct 9, 2012

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