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DescriptionAre you ready to get super lost? Are you a strong hiker and bushwhacker? are you good at map finding? Do you love super manky bolts with old school steel crabs that are almost rusted through? if yes to all of these then Bona's wall is for you.
Bona's Defeat wall is not easily found though it is beautiful once there.
Also keep in mind that the Tuckasegee river gorge is damn controlled and water levels could rise rapidly at a moments notice. The kayakers refer to it as "inordinately dangerous"
Owned by the NC forest service, The Bonas defeat wall itself is approximately 400ft tall boasting a 3 pitch mixed climb up the main blackened water groove.
Word on the street is, everything here has most likely been climbed once upon a time. However documentation seems to be lacking? It is also possible that I have not yet done enough research. who knows? prove me wrong add something to the page!
Getting ThereFrom highway 64 near lake toxaway take the turn onto 281 North. after about 8.5miles take a left onto rock bridge rd. after about 2.8 miles is the trail head, there is currently logging (9.4.2016) going on just after the trail head. The logging has also lead to a large amount of debris covering an already very faint trail head. There is a tree with blue flagging and orange paint currently(they are using that a lot with the logging and it does not seem to mark any trail DO NOT try to follow the tape or paint)
This is my best guess for the lat/lon of the trail head using google earth:
There is not any easy way to describe the trails or rather lack there of. The general idea is that from rock bridge rd. you will take several turns and wander down towards doe branch creek, you will find yourself on an ancient overgrown forest rd. There are numerous forest roads through this area. The correct forest road will follow doe branch and slowly rise above it so the small creek is on your right in something of a valley. Eventually you will need to break left and run somewhat parallel to the Tuckasegee river. Then take a sharp right off the forest road bed and go straight down through steep terrain, you will be dumped out into the river bed. Scramble down stream a few hundred feet to the base of the wall. There are quite a few spur trails and abandoned forest road beds there are likely multiple ways to get there.
Hiking through the gorge itself is extremely dangerous due to dam releases, this is NOT a good place to play in the river.
Classic Climbing Routes at Bonas Defeat
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