Elevation: 987 ft
GPS: 37.644, -83.708 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Shirtless Mike on Oct 15, 2013 with 2 Suggestions
Admins: Shirtless Mike, saxfiend, DrRockso, Billy Simek
Access Issue: Owned and managed by the RRGCC. Make sure to visit the Coalition's website to review their regulations and donate to help maintain climbing access in the RRG. Details

Description

This recently developed wall has a good diversity of routes and makes for a great warmup on the way to the Lode. The routes are fairly new and not as well traveled so use caution, but with some traffic they should clean up making this another fantastic area at the RRG. The Bear's Den is located within a small canyon with routes on both sides, providing both sun and shade opportunities.

The area currently contains 46 routes, with some potential for more lines, and a few projects that are currently being worked on. Most of the routes are Sport, however there are a few moderate trad climbs sprinkled in on the Southeast side. Currently the Sport routes range from 5.8 to 5.14a, with the greatest concentration in the 5.11 and 5.12 range. However there are a decent number of 5.10's and 5.13's as well.

The Southeast facing side gets sun during much of the day, and contains the vast majority of the lines. The Northwest facing side gets shade for much of the day and contains ~15 less traveled lines.

Getting There

Follow the driving directions for the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP) and park in The Motherlode parking area. Hike the Motherlode trail as if going to the Undertow Wall. At the top of the steep mud hill there will be a faint trail that leads to your right. Follow this for a short ways as it eventually turns into an old logging road. Look for short spur trails on your left that will take you up to the routes. The first spur trail takes you to the leftmost routes starting with "Tar Baby". The second trail will take you to "Gold Wall" and the left side of "Steep Wall" and the third trail to the right side of "Steep Wall". It is possible to walk along the cliff line, but the trail is rather rough and steep in places. It is quickest to return to the main trail and take the next spur trail.

To access the Northwest Side stay on the main trail and look for a trail cutting to your right across the valley floor. Follow this across a small stream, and up another old logging road until you see the cliff you your right. It is about a 5 minute walk from the Main Bear's Den area.

See RedRiverClimbing.com for more route information.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Bear's Den

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 32
Gandee Candy
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 42
Tar Baby
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 52
Golden Snow Cone
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 14
Low Hanging Fruit
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 12
Off The Couch
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 27
Clay City Exit
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Psychopomp
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 25
Pinkalicious
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 10
Shadow Enhancement
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 5
Squatter
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 16
72 Hour Energy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 12
Routeburglar
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Barren Gold
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
In Red We Trust
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 3
Rules of Engagement
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gandee Candy
 32
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Tar Baby
 42
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Golden Snow Cone
 52
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Low Hanging Fruit
 14
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Off The Couch
 12
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Clay City Exit
 27
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Psychopomp
 9
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Pinkalicious
 25
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Shadow Enhancement
 10
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Squatter
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
72 Hour Energy
 16
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Routeburglar
 12
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Barren Gold
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
In Red We Trust
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Rules of Engagement
 3
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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