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The Bear's Den Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,007'
Location: 37.64584, -83.71181 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jason Halladay, Shirtless Mike, saxfiend, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Shirtless Mike on Oct 15, 2013
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Recently Purchased in 2017 by the RRGCC.


This recently developed wall has a good diversity of routes and makes for a great warmup on the way to the Lode. The routes are fairly new and not as well traveled so use caution, but with some traffic they should clean up making this another fantastic area at the RRG. The Bear's Den is located within a small canyon with routes on both sides, providing both sun and shade opportunities.

The area currently contains 46 routes, with some potential for more lines, and a few projects that are currently being worked on. Most of the routes are Sport, however there are a few moderate trad climbs sprinkled in on the Southeast side. Currently the Sport routes range from 5.8 to 5.14a, with the greatest concentration in the 5.11 and 5.12 range. However there are a decent number of 5.10's and 5.13's as well.

The Southeast facing side gets sun during much of the day, and contains the vast majority of the lines. The Northwest facing side gets shade for much of the day and contains ~15 less traveled lines.

Getting There 

Follow the driving directions for the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP) and park in The Motherlode parking area. Hike the Motherlode trail as if going to the Undertow Wall. At the top of the steep mud hill there will be a faint trail that leads to your right. Follow this for a short ways as it eventually turns into an old logging road. Look for short spur trails on your left that will take you up to the routes. The first spur trail takes you to the leftmost routes starting with "Tar Baby". The second trail will take you to "Gold Wall" and the left side of "Steep Wall" and the third trail to the right side of "Steep Wall". It is possible to walk along the cliff line, but the trail is rather rough and steep in places. It is quickest to return to the main trail and take the next spur trail.

To access the Northwest Side stay on the main trail and look for a trail cutting to your right across the valley floor. Follow this across a small stream, and up another old logging road until you see the cliff you your right. It is about a 5 minute walk from the Main Bear's Den area.

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Climbing Season

For the Bald Rock Recreational Preserve (BRRP) area.

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Bear's Den

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Bear's Den:
Gandee Candy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Tar Baby   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   
Low Hanging Fruit   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Clay City Exit   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Pinkalicious   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Psychopomp   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   
72 Hour Energy   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Routeburglar    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 75'   
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Featured Route For The Bear's Den
Rock Climbing Photo: 72 Hour Energy- 12a.

72 Hour Energy 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Kentucky : Red River Gorge : ... : The Bear's Den
A long and very pumpy route with a vertical start, a steep headwall and a topout crux.Meander past bright yellow patches of lichen to a no hands rest on a ledge about 25 feet up. Work up the flake, and cast into a long section of perfect pockets and edges with the occasional shake. Save some energy for the unique lip encounter at the very top! To avoid rope drag you may want to down climb from the chains and lower off the last draw.Gets lots of morning sun....[more]   Browse More Classics in Kentucky

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By Dustin Stephens
Oct 19, 2013
This crag is on private land and not within the PMRP.
By Shirtless Mike
From: Denver, CO
Nov 2, 2015
This crag is pretty awesome and destined to be popular once it's included in the guidebook. It makes for a great place to warm-up if you want to avoid the Motherload crowds and do a few new routes. The best way to reach the far right side routes is to start on the undertow trail pass the left side bears down routes and take a right for which will cross the canyon to the right side routes.

The other trail mentioned that starts off the road was overgrown and not easy to follow.

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