Snake's Den Rock Climbing
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.
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.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 4.7 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Snake's Den
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snake's Den:
Featured Route For Snake's Den
Bookends 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b NC
: Snake's Den
The route starts below a left facing corner and follows the inside of the corner up to a set of double bolts. There are ample opportunities to place gear along the way. At the end of the corner, climb the face up to the anchors. The route can be ended here. Or, clip the anchors, and head straight up another short, steep wall to the top of the rock and belay using a tree. If straight up seems daunting, then head up and left to a tree belay. Rappel from the dual anchors if not climbing the route ...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
Latest Regional Forum Messages
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.
Sep 5, 2014
This area is decent to take new climbers to teach the basics of top roping. There are bolts on one route but the last move to get to them is a little difficult.
Most of the area is fairly easy climbing and the rock provides decent grip. Watch out for snakes and bats. Make sure you look before you place.
I would take anyone new to climbing here due to the ease of access to the area and the progressive difficulty in climbs.
May 20, 2015
New anchor to the right of the Bookends anchor. It works for the climb called Redneck. 5.8. As well as the 5.10 to the left of Redneck.