Indian Creek Rock Climbing
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Follow existing trails and climb using removable protection or in climbing areas with existing approved fixed anchors or bolts. Development of any new rock climbing, bouldering or rappelling areas and development of any climbing routes involving the permanent installation of new fixed anchors or new trail construction requires prior Forest Service authorization.
Like its namesake in Utah, Indian Creek contains an abundance of quality crack lines. But the highlight of this crag are the massive offwidth roofs up to 20 feet-literally feet. But oddly enough the name means more to this crag than any other in the Red, and its the line Crack Attack, a Classic that looks like it should be in Utah. The wall has a number of buttresses which create different aspects and rock characteristics that directly affect route quality.
Drive East through the Nada Tunnel on KY 77 for 2.3 miles and turn left onto Forest Rd 23 at the sign for Indian Creek. Continue for 2.5 miles and take a right at the fork. Continue for another 1.2 miles and take another right, passing several backcountry campsites along the river. Continue for 2.8 miles and you'll find a parking lot with a gated off river crossing. Park, hop along rocks to cross the river, and walk north along the road for about 15 minutes. When you get to the end of the forest road, keep right, walking on the right bank of the river for a few more minutes. You'll find a couple of old wooden and metal pylons on the right next to a trail. (if you get to another creek crossing, you have gone too far). Follow this uphill to the west for another 15-20 minutes until you reach the bottom of the crag.
Parking coordinates: 37.886790, -83.648461
Note that in the past you could drive across the creek and up the road to another parking lot, so some approach beta may be written from that perspective.
Classic Climbing Routes at Indian Creek
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