Mountain Project Logo

Routes in Cheers Ledge

Chestnut Mare S,TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Crazy Horse T,TR 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Horse with No Name T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mustang Sally S,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Stone Poneys S,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Wild Horses S,TR 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Unsorted Routes:
Elevation: 4,000 ft
GPS: 35.242, -82.962 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 1,472 total · 94/month
Shared By: Scott Phil on Oct 4, 2016
Admins: Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry
Getting weather forecast...


Cheers Ledge, at the eastern end of Horseshoe Rock, has around 6 climbs ranging from 5.6-5.11. One set of bolts at the top will permit you to rappel down to the belay stations for the climbs in this section. Each climb may be easily top-roped. The climbs are also bolted, though some of the bolts have been chopped and others are well-spaced. There are limited opportunities for pro below the bulge and almost none above it.

Most of the climbs in this section have a bouldery start and then surmount a large bulge in about the middle of the climb. The bulge is shorter and less than vertical to the right. It is around 8 feet high and slightly overhanging for the climbs to the left.

Please note that these are not the original route names. If you have any information about the area's history please share.
Access is only from the top, or along the base of the cliff. Details

Getting There

Access is only from the top, or along the base of the cliff. The tree farm at the base of the cliff is private property. All access is by rappelling in from the top of the cliff.

Follow the logging road from Wolf Mountain Road to the 3rd single car pull off on the right. There should be a rock cairn here. There is a faint path just before this pullout that quickly descends to the cliff face in about 100 yards.

The path ends at the top of the cliff where there is often some water seepage. From here the belay station is about 30 feet down a gently sloping face, just below a large shrub and flake. Below here the angle steepens. While the rappel is very low angle to get to the belay stations a slip would be bad news. You can access all the belay stations for Cheers Ledge in less than half a rope length or reach Cheers Ledge in just under one rope length.

6 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Cheers Ledge Change
Type:  to 
Sort by:   then:

Weather Averages

Days w Precip
Prime Climbing Season


Scott Phil   NC
Thanks for the photo, Barrett. I hope to take some more photos once the leaves are down. I'd also like to include more info on the bolts because they are a real mixed bag.

I had included a warning about access, but that only appears above the description in the small box. I'll add the same language to " Getting There." Oct 6, 2016
Barrett Pauer
Brevard, NC
Barrett Pauer   Brevard, NC
I'm not sure the names of these routes but the one on the left is probably the best line off of the ledge. It clocks in around 5.9+ with a handful of bolts. The route on the right is about the same grade but is climbed on gear, it makes for a pretty sketchy lead. (5" cam in a pod?) The route to the left of the rope is about 5.10 and would be a pretty sketchy lead as well. Poorly located bolts lead to the crux at the bulge.
Oct 5, 2016

More About Cheers Ledge

Printer-Friendly Guide
What's New

All Photos Within Cheers Ledge (4)

Most Popular · Newest