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Wall of Denial

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.11 20 1 3 25

Directions to Wall of Denial

This wall is in property owned by USFS. Be respectful.
From the parking lot of the Junior Williamson Rest Area in Slade, turn left (north) on KY 11, drive 0.1 miles under the Mountain Parkway overpass to a "T" intersection with KY 15. Turn left (east) and continue for 1.5 miles, then turn right (north) on KY 77. This highway is also known as "Nada Tunnel Road", and you may see a street sign so designated at this intersection. Drive 4.4 miles through the tiny town of Nada, through the tunnel, and over the steel bridge (stay right after you cross the steel bridge) to the intersection with KY 715. KY 77 curves left near an old barn while KY 715 continues straight. Stay on KY 715 (do not take the curve to the left) for about 7.1 miles until you reach a one lane concrete bridge. Park just before the bridge on the left. Hike down to the river and follow the trail along the river past some garbage, modern man petroglyphs (aka graffiti), firepits, hungover campers, and a couple of limestone caves. After about a half mile you will cross a tributary and come to a large, flat campsite. Do not veer left from the main trail at this point or you will head uphill to Eagle Point Buttress. Stay on the main trail and cross two more tributaries. Just past the second tributary, look for a smaller trail which ducks off to the left and goes uphill to Wall of Denial.

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality User Stars Length Picture


Cold Shot Sport 5.11a
2.29  (7) 100ft


Hair of the Dog Trad 5.10b
3.50  (10) 100ft


Testosterone Testpiece Trad 5.9
2.00  (2) 45ft  


Apehouse Trad 5.8
2.50  (2) 50ft  


Double Trouble Trad 5.10d
3.60  (5) 60ft


Gorge Factor 10 Trad 5.9
3.60  (5) 130ft


Anne's Crack Trad 5.10a
2.64  (11) 35ft  


F.O. Nazi Art Police Trad 5.10b
2.00  (1) 35ft  


Pink Panties Pulldown Trad 5.7
2.53  (17) 40ft


11:11 Trad 5.11b
3.31  (13) 60ft


Cougar Bait Trad 5.8


Bongo Trad 5.6
3.41  (46) 50ft


Red River Renaissance Trad 5.9+
3.20  (35) 45ft


New Red River Trad 5.9
3.72  (29) 60ft


Campfire Crank Sport 5.12a
3.00  (7) 45ft


Icy Fresh Toprope 5.11b


Sisyphean Labor Trad 5.9
3.50  (8) 55ft


Strick 9 Trad 5.9
4.48  (66) 50ft


Buckeye Testpiece Trad 5.6
2.38  (24) 50ft


Toxic Avenger Sport 5.10d
4.00  (38) 50ft


Chemical Imbalance Mixed 5.11b
3.50  (4) 50ft  


Must Dihedral Trad 5.8
3.00  (3) 35ft  


Drug Pusher Trad 5.12a
2.75  (4) 60ft


Blue Balls Trad 5.9
3.00  (1) 60ft  


Funhouse Trad 5.7
3.90  (61) 100ft


Anonymous said on March 9th, 2005
GPS 37.49259N, 83.33695W
Gaar said on September 27th, 2005
Got lost looking for this place and ended up at eagle point. ????????
Ascentionist said on February 1st, 2006
Didn't go far enough.
Paul3eb said on July 11th, 2006
might want to double check those gps points..
Josephine said on November 20th, 2007
the guide book directions are pretty much right on. just have to remember which campsite is the last one. it's in a field where the trail forks left (stay by the river). the river will take a pretty hard left shortly thereafter. keep going. count 2 tributaries and then go up-hill on the left about 50 feet after. you should be in a bunch of rhodos if you're on trail. now, where's one of those nifty signs "Wall of Denial -->" like they have all over the PMRP & Muir when you need it :-)
Myke Dronez said on May 5th, 2008
A large pine tree has fallen down where the trail cuts left uphill. Cross the huge trunk and cut immediately left - there is a cairn for the old trail past the trunk but the tree and rootball took out what was left of the fork off.
Anonymous said on June 27th, 2008
been there, at the very top about 30 yards back, you hear a dog barking... someone lives up there now, kinda really ruins it, that that the beer cans every where, note on the first eagle buttress before the ending peak, some1 carved a nice 420 real big in a rock, note lookin for, like wheres Waldo- PEACE!
Ascentionist said on November 20th, 2008
Oops: 37.820958, -83.561194