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Pilot Mountain  


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Elevation: 2,400'
Location: 36.3402, -80.4808 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

South-facing quartzite cliffs with plenty of shade. Mostly toproping with bolts/trees/rocks for anchors at the top (bring webbing/slings), but there is also sport/trad/mix available. Climbs vary from slab to overhanging with several roofs. Rock quality varies.

Can get busy on the weekends, especially around Three Bears and Middle Walls, and hot in the summer. Find the well-maintained trail in the SW corner of the parking lot and follow down through woods. Climbing area will be to your left with approach times from 2-10 minutes. Rappel down from the top or follow trail down to Three Bears gully (climber approved) to access the base of the cliff.

Getting There 

Take I-40 to business I-40 in Winston Salem. From Winston Salem take Hwy. 52 north for about 20 minutes. Follow signs for Pilot Mountain State Park and follow road up to the top parking lot.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.4 miles from here

84 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',26],['2 Stars',38],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',12],['5.7',19],['5.8',6],['5.9',7],['5.10',19],['5.11',16],['5.12',3],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pilot Mountain:
Pole Dancing   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Amphitheater
Mild Mannered Secretary   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Amphitheater
Crackin' Up   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Amphitheater
Chicken Bone   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   Parking Lot
Turkey Shoot   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Amphitheater
Black Rain   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Black Rain Wall
Pump Street   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 65'   Amphitheater
Papa Bear   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Three Bears
Lloyd Would Have Liked It   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Big Arete
Mama Bear   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Three Bears
Born to Crimp   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Amphitheater
Erocktica   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   Little Amphitheater
Devil in the White House   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Devil in the White House
When Shrimp Learn to Whistle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   Amphitheater
Overhang Hangover   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Amphitheater
The Herculean Test   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   Devil in the White House
Any Major Dude   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Three Bears
Blind Prophet   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Amphitheater
Mr. Henar   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Amphitheater
Black and Blue Velvet   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Amphitheater
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Featured Route For Pilot Mountain
Crux of Overhanging Hangover

Overhang Hangover 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  NC : Pilot Mountain : Amphitheater
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Photos of Pilot Mountain Slideshow Add Photo
At Pilot on Blind Prophet?
At Pilot on Blind Prophet?
Soft rock!
Soft rock!
PEE BREAK 5.6
PEE BREAK 5.6
PAPA BEAR 5.9
PAPA BEAR 5.9
GOLDILOCKS 5.5
GOLDILOCKS 5.5
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL 5.7
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL 5.7

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By Chuck Parks
From: Atlanta, GA
Feb 4, 2008
Pilot Mountain is not covered in the Selected Climbs in North Carolina guidebook, and the old Kelly guidebook is out of print. Fortunately, Jeff Dillon has created a new, free guidebook for Pilot Mountain. It is now available for download at the Carolina Climbers Coalition web site.
By EricD
Mar 21, 2008
If you're going to Pilot from Charlotte (or south or west of Statesville), the following route will get you there in the same amount of time without having to drive through Winston-Salem.

Go north on I-77 to exit 85 (268 Bypass). Make a right and follow this for 3 miles to a stop sign. Go left at the stop onto Rte. 268. Follow this for 20 miles to U.S. 52. Go south on U.S. 52 for about 4 miles to the Pilot Mountain exit.

I'm not a fan of driving through cities and found this to be a nice alternative. It takes about 5 minutes longer, but the speed limit is 55 mph. and you get to see some rural Cackalacky.
By Crisco Jackass
From: Grand Junction, CO
Feb 24, 2010
FYI - CCC hosted download of the guide has moved here.
By Rmsyll
From: Winston-Salem, NC
May 3, 2011
The pocket guide is offered free, with an alternative one-page selection, at the Park office when it's open. The second edition has an improved map and notices of two route closures and closing of Big Gully to all entry. There is also climbpilotnc.us which is always open, with fuller descriptions and photos of anchors, bolts, walls, climbing, and boulders