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Tower Rock is a free standing pinnacle with a lot of old school routes of various grades. The earliest climbing in the RRG was probably done here.
Drive on route 715 from its split from hwy 77. Pass the Gladie Creek Visitor Center and then keep your eyes open for the trailhead sign on the left side of the road. It is about half a mile past Pumpkin Bottom Campground.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tower Rock:
Caver's Route 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad, 4 pitches, 200'
Salad Days 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Arachnid 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Curving Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Dog Days 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Africa 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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Caver's Route 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a KY : Red River Gorge : Tower Rock
Caver's Route is probably the oldest roped route in the RRG. No one knows for sure, but it dates back at least to the 1950s when a group of cavers were practicing their rope skills on the cliffs that towered over the Red River. The route ascends a gigantic fracture that splits the south end of Tower Rock from the rest of the monolith. The route is clean, fun and will leave you worn out.Caver's Route can be done in various ways, but for optimum communication between leader and second, four short...[more] Browse More Classics in KY
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