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Backside Wall

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.7 8 - - 8

Directions to Backside Wall

This wall is in property owned by USFS. Be respectful.
Drive 1.4 miles down County Road 1067 from the steel bridge on KY 77 (1.2 miles from the Long Wall parking area). The gravel road changes to asphalt at the Menifee and Powell county line. About a mile farther is a farmhouse and barn on the left and a gravel road on the right (Forest Service Road 9). Turn down that road and proceed 1.1 miles and cross a bridge. This brings you to the intersection of 9A and 9B. Turn right on 9B and drive 2.9 miles to a low concrete bridge which crosses the East fork of Indian Creek. Drive across the bridge and park immediately on the right near a Forest Service gate. Walk around the gate and follow the logging road for 150 feet, then turn left (uphill to the north), and angle right to a limestone band. Scramble up through a break in the band which is marked by a large tree. Continue up to a large outside corner with two separate roofs. To reach the remaining routes, follow the logging road to the east for about 0.5 miles, passing a small pond, and stop at a clearing on the left side of the road. Locate a second old logging road and follow it up and left (north) to the main cliff. Adjacent to the buttress on the right (southeast) end of this section of rock are three closely spaced towers. The third one is the most distinct, and can be spotted on a topographic map.

Wall Sun: Unknown

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality User Stars Length Picture


Handcrack My Ass Trad 5.7


Bartleby Trad 5.8
3.00  (1) 0ft  


Ends and Means Trad 5.7
3.00  (1) 120ft


Corridor Crack Trad 5.9+


Black Line Trad 5.9+


Orange Newt Trad 5.8+
3.00  (1) 75ft  


Back in the Saddle Trad 5.7


Mickeye's Bitchin Trad 5.8


Huggybone said on February 7th, 2005
There are many more routes along this wall, many done, many not done.
Ascentionist said on January 31st, 2006
GPS for towers: 37.8880N, 83.6413W, for #1: 37.8870N, 83.6447W
Anonymous said on May 31st, 2016
This wall is very cool and just needs traffic. It is very close to the rerouting of the creek, where the road is now closed. Directions in book are spot on, after the lime stone band the trail fades just look for the large boulders.