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South Bubble Rock Climbing 

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South Bubble offers a handful of climbs that may be considered easy to moderate. There are Trad and TR opportunities here. The lower slabs offer friction and face climbs, while the upper walls offer routes of moderate difficulty on vertical terrain. This is a small area that you could find work all day at. So when the crowds are swarming to Otter Cliffs and Precipice, South Bubble will likely stay quaint.

It is of southern exposure, getting great sun early. If it rains and passes, the rock will soon enough dry out and be ready for you to climb on. If the rain won't seem to quite, walk out and drive to the other side of Jordan's Pond for a famous blueberry popover. This is actually a productive place to be, since you can watch the conditions over the cliff from your lunch table!

A standard rack and 5om rope are needed to climb here. Like most other climbing areas in Acadia, best conditions typically exist from May to October.

Be warned, South Bobble also has some popular hiking trails that crawl over and around the Cliff. There is a good chance one of these hikers will unknowingly knock down loose rock and send it flying! Wear a helmet.

Getting There 

the cliff is easily spotted from the park road when coming from the south (or coming from Precipice, Great Head, or Otter Cliffs since the portion of the road they are on is one-way). From Bar Harbor direct, follow the Park Loop Road past the turn off for the one-way section. Continue past the Cadillac Mt. summit road, Bubble Pond parking, to the Bubble Rock parking which will be on the right. A bit past here on the right is additional parking. Walk down the stone stair case and follow the obvious trail up the cliff

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in South Bubble

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Bubble:
Ancient Via Ferrata   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Upper Slab and Upper Wall
Upper Slab Routes   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Slab and Upper Wall
Off-Width Chimney   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Upper Slab and Upper Wall
Moraviana   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Upper Slab and Upper Wall
Gargoyle   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Upper Slab and Upper Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: S Matz about 2/3rds of the way along the Via Ferra...

Ancient Via Ferrata Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c PG13  Maine : Acadia National Park : ... : Upper Slab and Upper Wall
This "route" (which is not in the current guidebook) was recommended to me by a world-traveled climber as a "don't miss". While most technical climbers could easily solo it, an uncaught slip would certainly be fatal. It is most interesting climbed with a short rope and about 5-6 long "alpine draws". (We used a 50M 8mm doubled over for 80ft, which seemed about right). Unlike maintained Via Ferratas, there are no cables to clip into along the way and the steel rods that do exist are suspect due t...[more]   Browse More Classics in Maine

Photos of South Bubble Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: South Bubble from the road.
BETA PHOTO: South Bubble from the road.
Rock Climbing Photo: ben rapping out @ the end of the day.
ben rapping out @ the end of the day.
Rock Climbing Photo: charlie and ben hanging out at the bottom of the u...
charlie and ben hanging out at the bottom of the u...
Rock Climbing Photo: A team of Waldos reach the top of the upper slab, ...
A team of Waldos reach the top of the upper slab, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the upper slab to the top chunky stuff
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the upper slab to the top chunky stuff

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