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Grasshopper Rocks is mostly comprised of granite spires on the western portion of the Castle Mountains. There are small pockets of bolted limestone and bolted granite sport lines but expect most routes to be trad or mixed protection. Expect a bit of a hike and maybe some trail blazing as much of the climbs are remote and not located on any established trail.

A fantastic guide book for the area exists:

"The Big Empty" by Ron Brunckhorst. The guide book has great hand drawn maps, GPS coordinates for many of the formations and notes about the areas rich climbing history that goes back to early exploration in the 1970's by Alex Lowe and company.

Grasshopper Campground is a great place to set up camp for the weekend and is located close to the main access point.

Getting There

Head East on Highway 12 from White Sulphur Springs. Turn right, heading south on Four Mile Road (NF-211). Follow the signs to Grasshopper Creek Campground, turning right at the first Y onto Grasshopper Creek Road. As you enter the campground a side road will head up the hill out of the campground to the right. Take this road instead of doing the campground loop. Travel approximately (1.5) miles to a USFS gate. Park here in one of the many pullouts without blocking the gate. The map location is set to the parking area and gate. Climbs are all located to the south off of USFS TR-716.

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