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Routes in Hurricane Creek Park

Bubba's Route T,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Cosmic Thing S,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Haley's Loft S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rusty T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
dirty crack TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
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Though it's not a major climbing destination, Hurricane Creek is a great place to take new climbers for their first experience on real rock. Most of the routes are readily accessible from the top of the cliff to set up a toprope and there's a good selection of easy lines. Combine this with a pretty setting alongside a stream and a family-friendly atmosphere, and you've got a nice climbing spot just a half-hour from Birmingham.

There's another side to the coin, however. Hurricane Creek is a fairly new area that's largely unexplored, and there's a lot of potential for new route development. Even better, park management is encouraging this. So bring your pruning shears and whisk broom, you could bag a nice FA.

[Editor's note: since this area is not yet documented and the routes don't have "official" names, I'm indulging in a little whimsy by giving them names myself. When/if real route names become available, they'll be updated. -- JL]

Getting There

Hurricane Creek Park is just outside the town of Cullman, AL. Take I-65 out of Birmingham to exit 310 (Hwy. 157); proceed east on 157 a short way to a left on Hwy. 31. Continue north on 31 for about 2-3 miles to the turnoff for Hurricane Creek. There's a $3 admission fee for the park.

From the parking lot, proceed along the clifftop to a descent trail that leads through a cleft in the rock to a picnic area along the creek. The established climbing routes start near the bottom of the descent trail; there's also untouched cliff for the adventurous on the other side of the creek.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hurricane Creek Park

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Rusty 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
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Birmingham, AL
BirminghamBen   Birmingham, AL
Current website:… Mar 30, 2017
Are the routes easy to figure out which ones are which? It's been awhile, but I've been there one before to bike, but not climb. I'm hoping to take our youth group there in a couple of weeks to climb. Oct 16, 2013
Just climbed HCP for the first time last weekend. Great location for beginning climbers and those working on their lead skills for sport and trad.

John M. (caretaker) explained that he's set up a progression for easing into sport leading:
1 - start on the BIG sloped boulder he calls 'the slab' (just upstream from the picnic area at Heavens Stairs, beside the creek) There are a series of bolts up the face where you can practice clipping in while walking up the slope, then practice setting up your rappell back down.
2 - there is a vertical face to the right of Heavens stair with 3 ledges and a bolt at each ledge.
3 - Just inside the big crack to the left of the stairs, going up the left side of the 'nose' is what John called "Country Boy Can Survive" (also called 'Cosmic Thing' on this site) Nice big holds and a good place to try out the sport lead skills...

Ask John about it when you pay your $3 entry fee! Jan 3, 2012
Haven't been there but its close enough to home to make it convenient. The Park's website shows some pretty good pics and other info. Here it is:… Dec 14, 2010
Freemont, VA
fargo   Freemont, VA
love this place Oct 26, 2010

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