Toads are Us

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nice 5.9

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Park Baker

Destination Distance From Downtown

0.1 miles


4 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

a couple of hrs


best in fall and winter

Dog Friendly


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Cedar Rock is a less well known climbing spot, and a bit further out than the others. That said, it's much less crowded. This climbing spot intersects the Art Loeb trail, a Pisgah thru-hike, and is a really serene part of the forest. All of the routes on Cedar Rock are southern facing. 

The first pitch is probably the most popular at Cedar Rock. 
P1= climb the fun slab to a set of anchors 120 feet up, 5.8
P2=traverse up and right into the "Party Bowl" about 50 ft or head straight up the spicy fare to the top. 5.9+
From town, head west on US 64 towards Lake Toxaway. You'll drive about 5 miles west of town and make a right onto Cathey's Creek rd. This road is a long gravel forest service rd that is fine to drive cars on. There are some washboards here and there, but you do not need a four wheel drive high clearance vehicle. Take Catheys Creek about 9 miles up, and you will a see a large pull off on your right with a gate. 
Make your way through the gate, and hike uphill for about 20 minutes. You will come to an intersection with the Art Loeb trail, and the trailhead for Butter Gap, either way will take you to your destination, another intersection, but the Butter section is a little easier with gear. When you reach the marker for Butter Gap, this intersection will be well defined with a campsite. This is the intersection of Butter Gap, the Art Loeb, and the Cedar Rock approach trail. The approach trail will be up and to your left. This hike is pretty steep with gear, but not too long. When you reach the wall, Toads are Us is the first pitch where the approach trail starts to head left. 


Toads are Us

Pisgah National Forest
Brevard, NC, 28712
35.233447, -82.734292

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