BETA PHOTO: Overview of Cliff from the base near Lower Slabs
South Bubble offers a handful of climbs that may be considered easy to moderate. There are Trad and TR opportunities here. The lower slabs offer friction and face climbs, while the upper walls offer routes of moderate difficulty on vertical terrain. This is a small area that you could find work all day at. So when the crowds are swarming to Otter Cliffs and Precipice, South Bubble will likely stay quaint.
It is of southern exposure, getting great sun early. If it rains and passes, the rock will soon enough dry out and be ready for you to climb on. If the rain won't seem to quite, walk out and drive to the other side of Jordan's Pond for a famous blueberry popover. This is actually a productive place to be, since you can watch the conditions over the cliff from your lunch table!
A standard rack and 5om rope are needed to climb here. Like most other climbing areas in Acadia, best conditions typically exist from May to October.
Be warned, South Bobble also has some popular hiking trails that crawl over and around the Cliff. There is a good chance one of these hikers will unknowingly knock down loose rock and send it flying! Wear a helmet.
the cliff is easily spotted from the park road when coming from the south (or coming from Precipice, Great Head, or Otter Cliffs since the portion of the road they are on is one-way). From Bar Harbor direct, follow the Park Loop Road past the turn off for the one-way section. Continue past the Cadillac Mt. summit road, Bubble Pond parking, to the Bubble Rock parking which will be on the right. A bit past here on the right is additional parking. Walk down the stone stair case and follow the obvious trail up the cliff
Climbing Season For the Acadia National Park area.
Weather station 8.1 miles from here
7 Total Routes
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Ancient Via Ferrata Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
: Acadia National Park
: ... : Upper Slab and Upper Wall
This "route" (which is not in the current guidebook) was recommended to me by a world-traveled climber as a "don't miss". While most technical climbers could easily solo it, an uncaught slip would certainly be fatal. It is most interesting climbed with a short rope and about 5-6 long "alpine draws". (We used a 50M 8mm doubled over for 80ft, which seemed about right). Unlike maintained Via Ferratas, there are no cables to clip into along the way and the steel rods that do exist are suspect due t...[more] Browse More Classics in ME
ben rapping out @ the end of the day.
A team of Waldos reach the top of the upper slab, ...
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the upper slab to the top chunky stuff
BETA PHOTO: South Bubble from the road.
charlie and ben hanging out at the bottom of the u...