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Snake's Den


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Snake's Den 


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Location: 35.7577, -82.3591 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This area is small, has mediocre quality rock, and is generally only worth mentioning because it's so close to Asheville. The cliff has a south-facing aspect but the base of the climb is well shaded. Climbs are mostly in the 5.4-5.9 range. It is possible to walk off the top, but it's not a short walk and there's no trail to speak of, so rappelling from trees at the top may be a better option. The highest parts of the cliff will require 2 ropes for a rappel

Gear is typical for NC.

There are rarely many climbers there, but on a nice day there may be plenty of hikers parking in the same area.


Getting There 

To get there, take I-26 exit 15 and turn eastbound towards Barnardsville on NC 197/Barnardsville Hwy. After 6 miles, turn right onto Dillingham Rd. After 2.2 miles, keep left at the fork to stay on Dillingham Rd. After 3 miles the road turns to dirt, and a further 4 miles puts you at the base of the rock.

There is a gate shortly after the road changes to dirt that is sometimes closed in the winter. You can try calling the Forest Service District Office at (828) 682-6146 to make sure you can get in before you make the trip.




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By Manfred
Mar 13, 2012

Two good rap bolts are in place above Book Ends.

By Jeff Jenkins
Jan 13, 2014

Kelley's second edition has a topo with route names , grades and locations. This is not an easy place for beginners to climb as there are no bolted anchors to work with except at the route mentioned. It would be a good location if a few anchors were in place. Approach consists of parking far enough away from the rock to get your car door open.