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Elevation: 1,374 ft
GPS: 35.48215, -82.18995
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There is now a full color guidebook covering 150+ problems here.  All proceeds to CCC: grounduppublishing.com ;


Loop Trail Boulders (opened by Town of Lake Lure and Carolina Climbers Coalition in 2014): The Town of Lake Lure, lead by town manager Chris Braund, created a beautiful park located on the north eastern flanks of Rumbling Bald Mountain in 2014. Buffalo Creek Park is now equipped with a three mile loop trail perfect for mountain bikers. The Town of Lake Lure noted sizable boulders within the park along the Loop Trail and has invited us, the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC), as caretakers. It will also be a good alternative to Rumbling Bald, with similar rock. CCC board members and Access Fund members worked with the Town of Lake Lure to establish a trail that heads directly to the boulder field in 2014. There are about 6-8 sizable boulders and who knows how many problems, maybe 20-40. Map of all known boulder problems along the loop trail: grounduppublishing.com/?p=903

Directions: buffalocreekpark.org/

Buffalo Creek Park Upper Area Intro (opened by Town of Lake Lure and Carolina Climbers Coalition in 2022): These newly discovered boulders and mini cliffs were found by Richard Carpenter in 2021. Richard sought permission for climbing from the Town of Lake Lure. The CCC had worked with the Town of Lake Lure in 2014 to open the Buffalo Creek Boulders on the Loop Trail, now accessed through the same trail head as these new boulders and mini cliffs. The new boulders will be an excellent complement to the smaller, but closer, Buffalo Creek Boulders along the loop trail. The quality, variety, and quantity of the new Upper boulders are all greater than the existing Buffalo Creek Boulders. Enjoy!

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE CCC BY BECOMING AN ANNUAL MEMBER: It's the only way we can function, folks. If you believe in climbing access please become an annual CCC member.

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http://buffalocreekpark.org/ has great directions from anywhere in the world.

Loop Trail Boulders: The new boulder approach trail is finished and easy. Less than 15 minutes. Park, head to the trailhead, hike 5 minutes to the loop split. 100 yards after the loop split, look right for a newer less defined trail heading uphill.

Upper Boulders Trail Area: From the parking lot, follow the gravel trail for about 0.2 of a mile, then turn right, slightly uphill onto the blue blazed dirt mountain bike trail. Follow the well defined trail until you hit the split which determines the day's direction for mountain bikers; take the right fork. Continue onward to the north eastern most point in the trail (1.1 miles from the parking lot). Take a right on the newly constructed Upper Boulders Trail. There are several signs at this intersection. This trail is marked with orange blazes all the way to the Toll Slab. The trail passes boulders in about a half mile, shortly after a pretty stream with new bridges crossing it. Keep walking on the trail uphill past some boulders to the first cliff. Walk left from the first cliff to get to the other boulders and mini cliffs. The first boulders are about 1.6 miles from the parking lot and the 1st Wall cliff for roped climbing is maybe 1.9 miles from the parking lot. The Toll Slab is about 2.2 miles from the parking lot.

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