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Mt. Olive Rock

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.11 2 1 2 5

Directions to Mt. Olive Rock

This crag is located beyond the turnoff from KY 498 to The Motherlode. To find it, drive a full 2 miles down KY 498 past the turnoff until it ends at KY 52. Turn right and drive 2.8 miles to a small pulloff on the right between some guardrails. Walk down the road 150 feet and locate a dramatic, left-facing dihedral on the cliff to your left, which is "South Side of the Sky".

Wall Sun: Unknown

Click the column heads to sort. Hold shift to sort on multiple columns.
Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality User Stars Length Picture


South Side of the Sky Trad 5.11a
4.88  (25) 60ft


South Central Sport 5.11a
2.58  (26) 50ft


Sprout's Climb Trad 5.10c
3.33  (12) 50ft


Palm Friction Sport 5.10a
2.87  (31) 65ft


Open Project Mixed 5.13-


Green3 said on April 21st, 2006
the poison ivy is already covering the hillside, the sport climbs are ok at best and not worth the agony that follows
whatahutch said on April 25th, 2009
There is potential here. What is up with the abandoned route to the left of Palm Friction? There are more potential trad routes. And boulders strung everywhere. What is up with the roof route Joe Haynes bolted there too? It isn't listed here.
krisbranin said on April 2nd, 2014
Bees nest at the bottom of the hill over the summer. Just be careful where you walk if you want to avoid the 9 bee stings I got ;)
rjackson said on July 20th, 2014
What's the story on the mixed(?) line left of Palm Friction?
dustonian said on July 20th, 2014
Open project... 13- or so maybe
J-Ru said on June 26th, 2018
GPS: 37.628638, -83.769378
Bobby_Engelman said on February 7th, 2019
The coordinates on the interactive map are wrong. Latitude and longitude need to be switched.