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5.9X TR 
Bookends T 
Dark in Bad T,TR 
Freddie's Dead T 
Mist T 
Scrambled Brains T,TR 
Sunny Daye T 
Unknown 5.3 T 
Unknown 5.9 T,TR 
Wasp Flake T 
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Snake's Den Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: ARowland Rowland on Nov 17, 2011
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This area is small, has mediocre quality rock, and is generally only worth mentioning because it's so close to Asheville. The cliff has a south-facing aspect but the base of the climb is well shaded. Climbs are mostly in the 5.4-5.9 range. It is possible to walk off the top, but it's not a short walk and there's no trail to speak of, so rappelling from trees at the top may be a better option. The highest parts of the cliff will require 2 ropes for a rappel

Gear is typical for NC.

There are rarely many climbers there, but on a nice day there may be plenty of hikers parking in the same area.

Getting There 

To get there, take I-26 exit 15 and turn eastbound towards Barnardsville on NC 197/Barnardsville Hwy. After 6 miles, turn right onto Dillingham Rd. After 2.2 miles, keep left at the fork to stay on Dillingham Rd. After 3 miles the road turns to dirt, and a further 4 miles puts you at the base of the rock.

There is a gate shortly after the road changes to dirt that is sometimes closed in the winter. You can try calling the Forest Service District Office at (828) 682-6146 to make sure you can get in before you make the trip.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 4.7 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Snake's Den

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snake's Den:
Wasp Flake   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Sunny Daye   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Bookends   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad   
5.9X   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Kalen pulling onto the ledge above the crux.

Dark in Bad 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13  North Carolina : Snake's Den
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By Manfred Manfred
Mar 13, 2012
Two good rap bolts are in place above Book Ends.
By Jeff Jenkins
Jan 13, 2014
Kelley's second edition has a topo with route names , grades and locations. This is not an easy place for beginners to climb as there are no bolted anchors to work with except at the route mentioned. It would be a good location if a few anchors were in place. Approach consists of parking far enough away from the rock to get your car door open.
By Erik Henley
From: Kingsport
Sep 5, 2014
This area is decent to take new climbers to teach the basics of top roping. There are bolts on one route but the last move to get to them is a little difficult.

Most of the area is fairly easy climbing and the rock provides decent grip. Watch out for snakes and bats. Make sure you look before you place.

I would take anyone new to climbing here due to the ease of access to the area and the progressive difficulty in climbs.
By Dawson
May 20, 2015
New anchor to the right of the Bookends anchor. It works for the climb called Redneck. 5.8. As well as the 5.10 to the left of Redneck.
By Charles Ciaffone
Apr 1, 2016
This is an excellent place for a day where you don't want to hike. There are easy gear belay places on the left half of the cliff, so no need for bolting. This is a great place to teach trad lead on some of the easier climbs and to introduce people to climbing in general.

Wear a helmet, especially if there are other groups, since the walk-off trail runs along the edge of the cliff and there are a lot of loose rocks up there.
By Mike Reardon
May 28, 2016
Scrambled Brains was recently retro bolted. If you respect the past present and future of NC climbing, you will not retro bolt routes. It's simple respect.

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