Elevation: 3,500 ft
GPS: 35.913, -81.886 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: gneiss pirate on Dec 7, 2007 · Updates
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry
Access Issue: 2021 seasonal raptor closure (January 15th-August 15th) Details

Description

Some of the best climbing in the gorge is located here.
With both hard trad and sport, you can not walk away without a good pump. There are three distinct areas. Upper, middle and lower. Each area has classics that should not be missed.

Getting There

Linville Gorge. Park at the Hawksbill trailhead. Hike up the mtn until you reach a sharp lefthand uphill turn. For upper and middle, go up the summit trail for about 5 minutes. Locate a climbers trail on the right. Follow this to the upper wall. Continue down the trail about 400 yards to reach middle. To reach lower, pass the uphill turn and make an immediate right. Follow this trail down for about 5 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hawksbill Mtn

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 40
Green Wall
Trad, Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 52
Lichen Worms
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Winged Mongrel
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 56
If You Bolt It They Will Come
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 28
Lichen Surprise
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 32
Jeep's Chimney
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 60
Lost in Space
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 36
Star Trekin'
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 30
No Free Lunch
Trad, Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 28
The Fat Lady
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 43
Pseudo Hardmen
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 29
Encore
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 17
Phantom of the Opera
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 23
King of Kings
Trad 2 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 23
Line of Fire
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Green Wall Middle Hawksbill
 40
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Lichen Worms Middle Hawksbill
 52
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Winged Mongrel Main Wall
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
If You Bolt It They Will Come Middle Hawksbill
 56
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Lichen Surprise Middle Hawksbill
 28
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Jeep's Chimney Lower Hawksbill
 32
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Lost in Space Main Wall
 60
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Star Trekin' Main Wall
 36
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
No Free Lunch Middle Hawksbill
 30
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport
The Fat Lady Lower Hawksbill
 28
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Pseudo Hardmen Middle Hawksbill
 43
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Encore Lower Hawksbill
 29
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Phantom of the Opera Lower Hawksbill
 17
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
King of Kings Lower Hawksbill
 23
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad 2 pitches
Line of Fire Middle Hawksbill
 23
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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