Elevation: 1,250 ft
GPS: 35.273, -82.292 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Scott Bolte on Oct 12, 2011
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Description

Bradley Falls has had a reputation of being dirty and poorly bolted, however it actually harbors a small series of well protected and exciting routes as well as some trad projects (for those daring enough). I would not recommend driving over two hours to get here, but if you are in the area it's a great place to check out!

This is a beautiful area, please LNT!

Driving Directions and Approach

Off of I-26 take the Saluda Exit. Turn left off of the exit and drive 3 miles until you reach a pull-off parking lot on the left. At the parking lot continue down the obvious trail hugging the the left until you reach a stream. Cross the stream and continue up a hill. Once along the ridge line, veer off the trail at the second left. Hike a steep downhill until you reach a red rope. Climbing area is at the bottom of this trail. There are two sections; one by the falls, one further down stream. 25 min hike in.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bradley Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Stem Cell Research
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Walrus
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Brownian Motion
Trad, Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 4
Hanging Root
Trad, Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
Maid Of The Mist
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 8
Disarmament
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Stem Cell Research
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Walrus
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Brownian Motion
 7
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Hanging Root
 4
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Maid Of The Mist
 4
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Disarmament
 8
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Bring something to dust off the holds here. Beautiful area in need of some love. Feb 3, 2014
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The souf east
.   The souf east
(9.29.2015) nightmare amounts of poison ivy growing up the wall. Second rap to hiking path also had a lot of ivy in the first 5-10ft. Some uber sketchy sheet metal bolts out here, use your best judgement. Sep 29, 2015
Overlook Area is especially filled with old bolts and Poison Ivy. Try the Magnum PI Wall for stainless bolts and better climbs. Oct 2, 2015
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The souf east
.   The souf east
Two of the ropes in the far climbers left gully were severed. I would guess they had been cut by rockfall? Tied them back to some random trees. Nov 27, 2015
Sean Cobourn
Gramling, SC
Sean Cobourn   Gramling, SC
This place has had at least three eras of development. First was mid to late 80s when Charlotte folks like Gus Glitch, Diab Rabie, myself and a handful of others put up some obvious lines. Any bolts from this era need replaced ! Next came William Cooper who put out a "how to bolt rock climbs" video which is fun to watch. Same fella who retrobolted Gemini and Sundial at Looking Glass. Third wave is now. May 17, 2016
Jill H.
Spartanburg, SC
Jill H.   Spartanburg, SC
From I 26 west you turn right after exiting. On the approach after crossing the big stream take the first left after the big fallen tree that you have to duck under or climb over. That left is marked by a warning sign on a tree and then 10 feet later on that trail a pictographic sign about falling. Aug 26, 2017
Chris Little
Albuquerque N.M.
Chris Little   Albuquerque N.M.
I went up here w/ The Mitey Gus one day. I led We Saluda You, but Gus wouldn't clean it. (He never would follow me. I figured out why years later.) Is this the same place that had the route Dead Snails? I led that one that day also. Mar 15, 2018
Sean Cobourn
Gramling, SC
Sean Cobourn   Gramling, SC
why would Gus not follow you Chris? Mar 22, 2018
Peter M  
I went out there on July 4th 2018. Lots of road closure due to landslides. Took about an extra hour to hike to the trailhead from where we parked. We hiked back to the where the 'red rope' should be and it was all a massive landslide. Didnt recognize the area or had a safe way to get down. Turned around because I had some lesser expediences partners. The area needs further exploring and I wouldnt be surprised if some of those climbs arent very safe anymore. Jul 10, 2018
The approach from the south (parking off Holbert Cove Road) has been altered a good deal by flooding. The steep descent trail is now a gully filled with loose vegetation. You can scramble down the gully but there is a 6-8 foot drop down a few big rocks before the other 10-15 foot drop where the fixed line used to be. Although I havent tried the approach from the north yet, it might be the better option now unless you bring a second rope to fix (probably needs to be 25 meteres) or two shorter lines for those two drops. Dec 3, 2018