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Chimney Rock - East Face Rock Climbing 

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Chimney Rock-East Face. Photo by Blitzo.


This is the "backside" and less popular side of Chimney Rock; it gets morning sun and afternoon shade and has a handful of routes from 5.8 to 5.12c despite it's large size. Recommended routes on this side include The Flue (5.8) a classic face to slanting hand crack, Blind Ambition (5.11a) a technical and balancy face that requires some additional gear and Camouflage (5.12c) a highly technical face that sees little action despite it's easily accessible location.

Safety Warning: The descent route down the "chimney" that splits the formation is filled with huge blocks and debris from a massive rockfall in the summer of 1994 when the route Loose Lips (5.11a) collapsed. While still possible to downclimb the chimney it's best avoid this route to avoid any multi-ton blocks shifting as you weight them.

Getting There 

Approach from points within the Campground or park in the day use parking lot beneath Intersection Rock and walk east to the visible formation and then circle around the left side of the formation to reach the east face.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Chimney Rock - East Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chimney Rock - East Face:
The Flue   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Flue, Right   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Blind Ambition   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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