A couple fun problems top out at the tallest point...
This is a cool little bouldering area about 20 minutes out of Dahlonega along the AT. It faces south and is a great place to boulder in the winter. It is no rocktown, but it is a nice place to enjoy the mountain top view and get a full day of bouldering in. There are a handful of boulders within a couple minutes from parking as well as some boulders and a small cliff about 1/4 mile hike up the AT from parking. Also, there is a single boulder on the left about 3/4 ways up the trail to the top. The hike to the top is well worth it for the view alone. There are also tons of boulders scattered along the steep south facing slope, but access and steep landing areas are an issue. Many of the boulders are grown over with lichen and moss and have vegetation on top. But recent cleaning has revealed some quality problems that may have been climbed in the past. If you come here, please pick up after yourself.
There is camping at the parking area, but spaces are limited. Luckily, great camping is abundant within a 20 minute drive in any direction.
You'll often see Army Rangers training in the area. Be respectful and don't block the road.
I added this place on Mountain Project in hopes of getting some of the climbers at the college to get outside more often being that it is 15 minutes from town. I also hoped some would help with keeping the trail clean and clean the trash.
From the Dahlonega square
1.Head NE out of the square on E Main Street and take a left onto N Groove St/GA-60 BUS N
Continue to follow GA-60 BUS N
go 2.2 mi
5.Turn left onto Camp Wahsega Rd
go 8.4 mi until you arrive at Camp Merrill
6.Turn right onto Coopers Gap Rd go until it splits into three directions and park
Weather station 9.8 miles from here
35 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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By clint dillard
From: Louisville, Co
Nov 8, 2012
I was wondering how long it would take for someone to post this area. Back in 1997 to 1999 by roommate and I cleaned and developed many problems in this area and along with other areas on the AT. I have a mini guide someplace that we wrote up. I'll see if I can find it. I know there were climbers on some of these boulders before us because we would find random rusted pitons on top that someone may have used as a top rope anchor but most of these problems had vines growing over them. There are some difficult problems on the roofs with a couple only seeing one ascent.
Nov 8, 2012
Awesome! Yeah I've hiked all over and climbed a lot out here. I haven't come across any pitons yet. I've climbed some really fun boulders that were a total pain in the ass to get to below the 'cliff' at the top. Not sure if I'm going to go through the trouble of making it easier to get to them either. There is a lot of potential for hard roof problems for sure! I've thought about bringing my cams up to do some of those climbs up the 'cliff.' It'd be cool to know who has done what out here. Thanks for the response!
Jan 2, 2013
I just went up today to do more trail work. Added two bags of mulch under a couple problems and plan on adding a couple more next time. There was some trash at the bottom of the slab area. Please don't litter if you come up here.
Nov 17, 2013
Lost a Viper climbing shoe. If anyone happens to find it, send me a message.