Elevation: 4,418 ft
GPS: 35.854, -82.24 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Stephen Scoff on Dec 25, 2013
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

Description

North Carolina's Black Mountain Range probably holds the best alpine snow and ice routes in the Southeast. These routes are huge with 1 to 4 hour approaches, 1 to 4 hour descents, humbling bushwhacking, and hundreds to a thousand plus plus feet of everything from steep snow to technical ice.
The remote and committing nature of these routes require an alpine start, route finding skills, and backup navigation tools if your phone quits working.

An accident up there would require a helicopter short haul and more than one party had to call the Yancey County Sheriff's Department for assistance...

Please give these routes and the range the respect they deserve.

Getting There

Trailheads and bushwhacking starting points are located off of roads accessed via highway 80 South of Micaville. See routes for specific approaches.

Please refer to the South Toe River, Mount Mitchell, and Big Ivy Trail Map (Pisgah National Forest).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Black Mountain Range Alpine

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI3- Mod. Snow
 14
Crescent
Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine 5 pitches
WI4
 5
Browns Creek Falls
Trad, Ice, Alpine 3 pitches
WI3-
 11
Left Wishbone
Trad, Ice, Alpine 4 pitches
WI3 Mod. Snow
 5
Y Gully
Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine 10 pitches
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 7
Left Wishbone (Rock Scramble)
Trad, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crescent
 14
WI3- Mod. Snow Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine 5 pitches
Browns Creek Falls
 5
WI4 Trad, Ice, Alpine 3 pitches
Left Wishbone
 11
WI3- Trad, Ice, Alpine 4 pitches
Y Gully
 5
WI3 Mod. Snow Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine 10 pitches
Left Wishbone (Rock Scramble)
 7
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad, Alpine
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