This spire is probably the most notable free standing feature in the RRG area. There are bigger, there are more popular, but this pinnacle is the most pristine, with the best route and the best view of any promontory in the entire valley.
Follow FS Rd. 9b to an overused camping area on the right side of the road, easily identified by a concrete ford blocked by a gate. Drive a little further and park near an old abandoned road heading up the hill to thte left. Follow this trail through a switch back and when the road bench begins to bend around to the right beeline straight up the ridge through a limestone band and beyond through a boulder garden. You can't miss the pinnacle near the main wall once you get close, especially in winter.
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Minas Tirith 5.9- PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 100 feet
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Minas Tirith 5.9- PG13 KY : Red River Gorge : Minas Tirith
While the road was closed in 2005 and early 2006 this offered a nice remote climb on a very aesthetic spire. It was very cool to bike in to do this climb. The route is comprised of fun face climbing next to a wide crack that is initially steep but quickly relents. The second pitch is on the shady side and is more of a boulder problem. Avoid the leftward traverse and boulder straight up the face on stellar moves. Of course you should do the route a second time to do the leftward traverse just for...[more] Browse More Classics in KY