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Routes in Bradley Falls

Bat Hook Crazy T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Boaz S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Brownian Motion T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Disarmament S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Hanging Root T,S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Joe Dirt S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Lightning corner S,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Maid Of The Mist T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Moby Dick S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Otra Vez T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b R
Quality Control T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Sailing the Seas of Squeeze T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Sons of Thunder S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Stem Cell Research S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Tragedy of The Commons T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Walrus S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
We Saluda You S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Elevation: 1,250 ft
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Shared By: Scott Bolte on Oct 12, 2011
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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
Stem Cell Research
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Brownian Motion
Trad, Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Hanging Root
Trad, Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Maid Of The Mist
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Stem Cell Research 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Brownian Motion 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Hanging Root 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Maid Of The Mist 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Disarmament 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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Jill H.  
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
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
Asheville NC
.   Asheville NC
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
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
Asheville NC
.   Asheville NC
(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
Bring something to dust off the holds here. Beautiful area in need of some love. Feb 3, 2014

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