Whiteside Mountain Rock Climbing
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In addition - all 2020 raptor closures on the Nantahala Pisgah NF are LIFTED as of 6/29/2020
�Directions: From downtown Highlands, go east on US 64 for 5.5 miles to the Whiteside Mountain Road sign; turn right on paved road NC 1600 and go .6 mile; bear left at the Wildcat Ridge Road sign and go .35 mile; turn left into a gravel parking lot.
�Fee: There is a $2 fee.
�Facilities: Parking lot, toilet.
�Rock Type: Igneous rock commonly called "Whiteside granite", actually a quartz diorite gneiss.
�Hike: Visitors can hike part or the entire 2-mile loop trail to the 4,930-foot summit for a view of the valley floor, lying 2,100 feet below the surrounding mountains. The Whiteside Mountain Trail is designated a National Recreation Trail and is a component of the National Trail System.
�Seasonal Peregrine Falcon Closures: Typically from early January until late summer routes left of Traditions are closed for falcon nesting.
�Gear: A lighter version of a "standard" rack will typically do. Double check route descriptions for more details.
�Rating: Most routes ratings at Whitesides could/should have an R or X added to them.This is by no means a complete history of climbing or routes located at Whiteside Mountain, for additional valuable information pick up a copy of Yon Lambert & Harrison Shull's Selected Climbs in North Carolina or Thomas Kelley's The Climber's Guide to North Carolina or pick the brain of a North Carolina local.
Classic Climbing Routes at Whiteside Mountain
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