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East Slate Rock

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Amputation T 
Better Slate Than Never T 
Blockader's Glory T 
Clawhammer T 
Clean Slate T 
Dibs T 
Eye Candy T 
Full Term Pachyderm T 
Handrail, The T 
Knobby Knubs T 
Lanier Route T 
Learning Curve T 
North Crackalacky T 
Slate Night Booty T 
Slater Alligator  S 
Slither and Flap T 
Sly Mackaye  T 
Slybrows (Nick's Groove) T 
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East Slate Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,500'
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Sun in the morning.
Good Place to go if Looking Glass and Cedar are busy.

Getting There 

Take 276 from Brevard past Pink Beds. The next right is a dirt road 1206, take this. 10-15 minute drive out the dirt road. Park at the second trail head of pilot cove/slate rock loop. Approach is 45-50 minutes. 20 Minutes in you will pass a waterfall. In 15 minutes you will come to the second campsite past the waterfall with a lot of ferns. The trail to the rock is on the other side of the large campsite marked with tags in trees. Take this to the rock.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 8.8 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in East Slate Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for East Slate Rock:
The Handrail   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   
Eye Candy   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Featured Route For East Slate Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: "Grooving"?

Clean Slate 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  North Carolina : East Slate Rock
Start left of the groove on flake features that take good gear. Work into the stemming groove. Thrutch past two bolts for the 10c crux. Continue up generally following the groove and wandering occasionally to follow the path of least resistance. Plenty of opportunities for gear and a few bolts. Bolt anchor at 150'...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Jun 7, 2015
The driving directions say take a left onto 1206/Yellow Gap Road, but it's actually a right onto this gravel forest service road after the Pink Beds.
By Russ Keane
Nov 7, 2016
This place scores an A+ on scenery, and solitude. It's fun heading out on the long beautiful hike, and walking thru the most glorious forest imaginable. The cliff itself is also quite nice, decent rock quality, but the climbing is not fantastic. Needs more traffic, needs some more hardware and development for ease of rappelling. There was a fair amount of light growth all over most of the rock, and kinda "sandy" texture in spots, also straight choss in other spots. The eyebrows are simply not as good and protectable as Looking Glass. The climbing was a bit redundant. A few moves were cool but then it was kinda tedious. It was a fun place to check out, and the developers obviously worked hard. I don't know if the future bodes well for this cliff as far as climbing goes.....
By Nick Colquitt
May 7, 2017
From exit 40 on I26 take 280/airport rd towards Brevard and turn right at the mega Ingles. Continue straight when road turns to gravel, park at bridge with pilot cove/slate rock trail head. Trail gradually follows creek uphill for about 2 miles. After passing through an often wet section of trail with railroad ties, the trail levels out, look for a big campground on your left. Follow a faint footpath crossing about 5 smaller source streams and try not to trample too many trilliums!

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