Elevation: 913 ft
GPS: 35.24, -81.269 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: EricD on Feb 1, 2008
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry
Access Issue: Potentially Closed Due to COVID-19 - Please check for closures before going and DO NOT TRESPASS! Details

Description

Crowders Mountain is a state park located in western North Carolina. In fact, it's not too far from South Carolina. The rock is of a quartzite that is similar to the rock found around the state. Its easy approach and proximity to Charlotte make Crowders a popular place on the weekends, and not just for climbers (which leads some locals to call the place "Crowded" Mountain).

The rock quality is pretty good and offers something for everyone. There are numerous top-roping opportunities as well as sport and trad with ratings ranging from 5.5 to 5.13. Cliffs generally face east or west, so finding sun or shade is pretty easy (depending on the time of day), though the thick foliage can make finding sun more difficult.

Lambert and Shull's Selected Climbs in North Carolina is a great book for the area; however, it is not comprehensive. There is plenty to do here, however, since it's easy to top-rope quite a bit.

Keep in mind, this is a state park. Permits are required for climbing and rangers regularly visit the crags and check up on climbers. Permits are free and easy to fill out, so please do this to avoid hassles. Also, there is a gate that opens and closes daily. Please be aware of the time and make sure you leave before closing time.

Getting There

Crowders Mountain is about 30 miles west of Charlotte.

Take I-85 to Exit 13 and make a left off the exit. After this, it depends on where you want to climb. Directions are different for the Hidden Wall and the rest of the areas. Please go to the respective areas to find directions to them.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crowders Mountain

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V3 6A
 32
Classic Overhang Direct
Boulder
V4 6B
 36
Krill
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 87
Gastonia Crack
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 71
Caterpillar
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 110
Ooga Chocka
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 81
Holy Guacamole
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 48
Overhung and Underrated
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 134
Opinionated
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 58
Dewey Used To Love It
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
The Wall
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 93
Electra
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 30
Burn Crack
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 84
Master Beta
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 63
The Gimp
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 58
Energy Czar
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Classic Overhang Direct Dixon School Bo… > Classic Overhang Boulder
 32
V3 6A Boulder
Krill Dixon School Bo… > Whale's Head Boulder
 36
V4 6B Boulder
Gastonia Crack Main Climbing A… > 01. Practice Wall
 87
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Caterpillar Main Climbing A… > 04. David's Castle Wall
 71
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Ooga Chocka Main Climbing A… > 03. David's Castle (b…
 110
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Holy Guacamole Main Climbing A… > 07. Resurgence… > Trundlasaurus Wall
 81
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Overhung and Underrated Main Climbing A… > 07. Resurgence… > Trundlasaurus Wall
 48
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Opinionated Main Climbing A… > 06. Red Wall
 134
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Dewey Used To Love It Main Climbing A… > 07. Resurgence… > Trundlasaurus Wall
 58
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Wall Main Climbing A… > 01. Practice Wall
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Electra Main Climbing A… > 04. David's Castle Wall
 93
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Burn Crack Main Climbing A… > 01. Practice Wall
 30
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Master Beta Main Climbing A… > 06. Red Wall
 84
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Gimp Main Climbing A… > 06. Red Wall
 63
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Energy Czar Main Climbing A… > 04. David's Castle Wall
 58
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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