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Elevation: 1,793 ft 547 m
GPS: 34.95749, -82.79015
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The Warmest Spot in South Carolina Suggest change

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Big Rock has a large variety of bouldering and rope climbing. The area is reminiscent of a little Joshua Tree with small formations protruding everywhere. The climbing is SE to SW, making it a great winter destination. In the warmer months, the area is a jungle infested with things that want to bite and sting you. Most of the formations are separated from the cliff line, which allows water to flow around them. This means that the area dries almost immediately after the rain stops.

This is a day use only area. No camping or lingering in the parking lot. The new lot is located in the neighborhood. Be mindful of the surrounding neighbors. Do not park along the road. If the lot is full, go to the intersection of Preston McDaniel and Nine Times Road and use the old trail head. Practice leave no trace ethics as Big Rock can be a busy location.

The rock here is granite of varying degrees of quality. Some of the starts can be a little more flakey. The climbs will likely clean up with time. Most of the climbing here has already been established. Please consult with someone from the CCC or one of the listed first ascensionists before adding hardware. This isn't to discourage development, but more of a reaction to unknown individuals adding hardware in bad locations or poor rock quality.

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Main Parking
Directions:
Parking is the gravel parking lot on Big Rock Lake Road, Pickens, SC. It is labeled with a "P" on a post on the road. The lot was built by Naturaland Trust with the help of the Carolina Climbers Coalition through a REI grant. Follow the trails from the lot to the cliff and the boulders.
Access notes:
Only use the existing trail system. Camping is not allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Please be respectful of local residents - keep a low profile in the parking lot, keep the noise down and drive slowly on the road. Do not turn into driveways of nearby homes to turn around.  
 The trail going up to the X-Wall (right fork) was constructed by a group of volunteers October 2017 at a trail day hosted by the Carolina Climbers Coalition. It still needs some work.  The left trail has been rerouted and built by CCC volunteers and the C4 Team in 2020.  The main lot is in a neighborhood and comes with some special considerations. Please be mindful of the neighbors and do not park overnight, linger in the parking lot, cause excessive noise, speed, or park along the road if the lot is full. If the lot is full, you must use the Alternative Parking area. 0.25 miles.

Alternative Parking
If you discover that the Main Parking lot is full, exit the neighborhood and drive to the intersection of Preston McDaniel Road and Nine Times Road. Here there is a gravel parking lot and a large grassy lot. Walk across the street from the gravel lot to a log railing. Follow the logging road 200' until it turns left, stay straight instead aiming for a set of tracks made by an earth mover just right of the power lines. Follow the tracks up the hill until you reach the saddle and turn right. Continue for another 100 yards until the trail turns left and goes steeply up the hill. Follow this until you reach the ridge line and turn right on another old logging road. Follow this until you are intersected with another logging road on the right, turn here and immediately turn left on a low angled slab. Follow this for 200' and you'll be at the left shoulder of Big Rock near the Inversion Wall. ~1.25 miles

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Classic Climbing Routes at Big Rock Mountain

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 32
Traffic Jam
Sport, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 31
How Do You Want Your Eggs
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 26
Nose Over Your Toes (aka Lucy)
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 37
Ramp Arete
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 35
Sport Route #1
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 48
Flakey
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
The Underdog
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 16
Mental Misstep
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 39
S Crack
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 24
Black Bug (aka The Dihedral)
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 22
Big Rock Candy Direct
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 25
Stellar Slab
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 11
Space Invaders
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 5
Anonymous Statement
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 18
Big Rock Candy Arete
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Traffic Jam Lower Shaman Wall
 32
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
How Do You Want Your Eggs Flowering Hominid Wall
 31
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Nose Over Your Toes (aka Lucy) Flowering Hominid Wall
 26
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Ramp Arete Main Wall
 37
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Sport Route #1 X-Wall
 35
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Flakey Main Wall
 48
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
The Underdog Arch Wall
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Mental Misstep X-Wall
 16
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
S Crack Main Wall
 39
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Black Bug (aka The Dihedral) Inversion Wall
 24
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Big Rock Candy Direct Main Wall
 22
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Stellar Slab Lower Shaman Wall
 25
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Space Invaders Arch Wall
 11
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Anonymous Statement X-Wall
 5
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad
Big Rock Candy Arete Main Wall
 18
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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