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Trinacious S 
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Stone Depot Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,841'
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Stone Depot is the ugly step-child of Cedar Rock, due in part to the length of the hike and the limited number of climbs. Located behind Cedar Rock, Stone Depot offers less than a dozen moderate climbs ranging from 5.5 to 5.8 or so, and most are two pitches to get to the top.

Since Cedar Rock provides more climbs of a more difficult rating, most people will find themselves alone at Stone Depot, even on a mild weekend afternoon. This, combined with the chance to do relatively simple and well protected sport/trad multi pitch climbs without fear of holding up other climbers, makes Stone a nice destination on an otherwise busy day.

Stone faces northwest, giving it a lovely warmth on a cool early spring day, but it will most likely become quite hot during the summer months. Like much of the surrounding climbs, Stone was still experiencing significant runoff, even four or five days after a rain, but dry climbs are still available.

Routes were well bolted, but many beginner climbers will want to take advantage of the occasional placement to supplement the protection from bolt to bolt. Rappel rings/belay stations are available on most routes and are typically visible from the bottom of the routes. Rappel down from routes or take the long walk off if you'd like.

Make sure you take the time to enjoy the view of Looking Glass during your climb!

Getting There 

Follow the guidebooks to Cedar Rock. Hike off to the left of the road, pass the gate and walk on the forest service road. Hike as if going to Cedar. You will get to Butter Gap after a mile or so of road hiking. Butter Gap is clearly marked.

There are 6 trails that intersect here. There is a signed forest service trail going downhill to your left. Don't go there, it ends up at the Fish Hatchery. The next trail going clockwise is pretty much directly across the clearing and goes uphill. Take this one. It can be difficult to see due to the amount of debris that occasionally obscures the trail. It's the smallest trail leading out of this clearing, and it's the only way going directly uphill.

The next trail (in a clockwise direction) is a level road- it goes to Cedar, which is visible right in front of you. The others are to your right and go lots of various places.

Take the proper trail for about half a mile until it starts getting steeper and rockier. You will eventually hit a rock step or slab about thirty feet long. It's not much more than a 5.1 or .2, but if you have young climbers, you will need to step carefully (especially coming back down!).

Above this is a nice trail. Head to the right and follow this trail on around back to the left. After about 5 or 10 minutes of walking, the trail will fork. Take the left fork. The right fork goes to the top of a beautiful stone slab that overlooks Cedar Rock. The left takes you up to Stone Depot after about ten more minutes of hiking.

From where the trail hits the cliff line, most of the routes are to the left. The farther left you go, the more routes you will find. If you go to the right at the cliff line, you will find a trail that eventually takes you all the way to the top of Stone Depot.

All in all, this hike is about 45-60 minutes of continuous hiking to the cliff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Stone Depot

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stone Depot:
Dave's Delight   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 4 pitches   
North By Northwest   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 5 pitches, 480'   
Trinacious   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 4 pitches, 270'   
Ruthie's Commitment   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 270'   
Mr. Browning   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 270'   
Groove Connection   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 380'   
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Featured Route For Stone Depot
Rock Climbing Photo: Groove Connection from the top of the 1st pitch

Groove Connection 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  North Carolina : Stone Depot
Unlike its fun face climbing partner to the right (North by Northwest), this route navigates different water grooves over mostly gear protected terrain. There are a few runouts but they are over 5.6 or easier terrain. P1: 5.4 200 ft: Take the easy slab into an obvious bowl 40 feet up and 40 feet left of NBNW trending up and left. Gear belay just above the small tree, about 30 feet above and left the NBNW 2nd pitch, P2: 5.7 70 ft: Take the obvious and fun watergroove past a bolt and tcu's to a l...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

Photos of Stone Depot Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the P4 anchors of N by NW.
View from the P4 anchors of N by NW.
Rock Climbing Photo: View from top of the slab.
View from top of the slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: North By Northwest in the rain
North By Northwest in the rain
Rock Climbing Photo: Stone Depot as seen from somewhere right of John R...
Stone Depot as seen from somewhere right of John R...

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By David Gunnells
Aug 22, 2011
Really good description on how to get to S.D. Went there a few weeks ago. We followed the fire road up; it leads to a multi-trail intersection that was not Butter Gap. From the fire road, we took the trail with stairs (about 2 o'clock from the fire road) and it led to Butter Gap.

After climbing the slab, the trail did not fork so much as cut back to the left. We missed it and came to the top of another slab area. Had to back-track to find the left fork.

When you get to Cedar Rock, if you hike up to the rock face, you have missed the climbing trail. It goes off to the left and is a little hard to find.
By christopherlh84
From: Greenville, SC
Dec 30, 2011
I have climbed up there several times. Been on all the routes and i am still not sure which route is what.
By T.C.
From: Whittier, NC
Jul 23, 2012
Holy Jesus this place is overrun with camps and Outward Bound. Way more than 4 routes here, but don't go looking for a quiet outing for sure. No need to bring a rack either, everything's peppered with bolts.
By sbasso1
Sep 13, 2012
climbed here years ago when i first started and it is a great place. I was quite suprised to the amount of bolts that are up there, very uncharacteristic for NC. I always figured outward bound bolted it for training but there is one alcove that has something like 5 sets of double bolts for no reason. I guess someone got away with all the bolts becuase the rock is so far off with no classic routes so not many people visit it, other than outward bound.
By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
May 1, 2013
Check out Mike Reardon's guide book Cedar Rock and Satellite Crags. It made our first trip to Stone Depot an easy one!
By John Braun
From: Hendersonville, NC
Jun 26, 2013
I just want to second what TomCaldwell said - check out the Reardon guide! There are actually 19 routes listed in the guide in this area, most under 5.10. Great area to hone your multipitch skills or just have a fun, mellow romp!
By Mark Wilkerson
From: Columbia, South Carolina
Feb 11, 2014
The turn off is at 471 D.
By Eli Sorna
From: ohio
Nov 22, 2016
Does anyone know if you can camp at the base of Stone Depot?
By Barrett Pauer
From: Brevard, NC
Nov 24, 2016
There is nice car camping at the parking lot. Tons of options for camping near the rock but not recommended
By stolo
From: Shelby, NC
Oct 11, 2017
Why is Stone Depot not grouped with the rest of Cedar Rock on MP?

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