Hi. My friends and I are looking to visit Franklin Gorge mid August and looking for camping/cabin recommendations. Also, I believe I saw some beta that areas or lines may be chossy. Trying to understand how good the rock quality is. Much thanks in advance. -S.
Many folks also camp at the Seneca campgrounds when they climb at Franklin or the other area sport crags.
Yes, there is a fair bit of loose rock around Franklin, but it's pretty easily avoided. It is generally found on the more featured moderate routes, but some of the less travelled lines of all grades can have it as well. Use common sense and tread lightly - helmets aren't necessary per se, but they may very useful on crowded days.
Does anyone know how accessible Franklin Gorge is in the snow and how the climbable the routes are after some snow?
If you're thinking of going this month, please see the access issues link on the home page for Franklin. Accessible is a relative term. There is some erosion there, and quite a bit of runoff as most of the routes are vertical and the topout is angled on most of it. There are a few that probably stay dry, but not many. This area is prone to erosion as well, so treading through it when it's soaked may not be the best idea.
Most of the bolts are solid, some may not be. I don't know if anyone is actively taking stock of and/or maintaining hardware there. The rock quality isn't great. I know people that have plugged gear there but I wouldn't. To each his own I suppose. There is quite a bit of loose rock on some routes. Some of them are completely bomber. Just use your best judgment. I usually day trip it. Is there a reason you're thinking of climbing there successive days? Seneca is super close and the New isn't that far away. I'd choose both of those places for a multiple day stay rather than Franklin. Not trying to bash it. It's just less to choose from and the quality isn't as great.
Pm sent. ^ Nice place and good people too.
Loving that license plate!
Jake Jones From Richmond, VA Joined Jul 30, 2011 703 points