Lower Sky Bridge Ridge

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.10 11 - - 11

Directions to Lower Sky Bridge Ridge

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. Drive over the bridge and park on your left. Walk across the road and hike up the ridge until you reach the wall. You should end up a little to the right of The Specimen.

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality Length Picture


Strokin' the Nut Trad 5.9+
Walk left from Keeping Up With the Joneses to locate a wide, right-facing crack that has a ledge about 30 feet up. Climb the crack to the ledge then continue up through the left angling handcrack over a bulge to the top. Steepness:
sharp-1 : adventerous-1 : long-1 : hands-1


Keeping Up With the Joneses Trad 5.6
50 feet or so left of Mr. Get it On Jones and next to a rhodo is this crack system with a little roof. Climb the easy jumbled cracks to the roof. Pull the roof to a ledge system. Cams don’t work above the roof. Steepness:


Mr. Get It On Jones Trad 5.12c
Walk left from Jack the Ripper about 30 feet to locate this overhanging crack in black rock. Begin by pulling up to a ledge about 10 feet off the ground. Undercling out the roof and launch to a jug. Continue up the off-fingers crack to the top. Steepness:


Not Tonight Mr. Jones Trad 5.7
18 feet right of Mr. Get It On Jones is a nice fingers to OW crack. Step left at the top to a wonderful alcove. Watch for copperheads low in the crack. Steepness:


Jack the Ripper Trad 5.11c
This route ascends a left-facing dihedral to the left of As Luck Would Have It. Look for a small tree midway up and a striking, featureless section towards the top. Steepness:
fun-1 : classic-1 : fingers-1 : dihedral-1 : beautiful-1 : shady-1


As Luck Would Have It Trad 5.9+
Walk to the right of Jack The Ripper and around the corner. Look for a short fingercrack in a right-facing dihedral with a low overhang. Boulder up into the dihedral and climb to the ledge. Steepness:


The Specimen Trad 5.10c
Walk a little to the left of the end of the approach trail past a boulder with a sharp edge on top of it about waist high. You will see an overhanging and flaring offwidth with an obvious mail slot on the face to the right about four feet up. Armbar through the offwidth to gain a short fist crack which takes you to a ledge. Set a belay then continue up the easier crack to the top near the handrails of the Skybridge tourist trail. Steepness:


Gumby in the Rough Trad 5.8
Walk right from The Specimen to locate a wide crack with a ledge about 20 feet up. Climb the wide crack to the ledge and belay. Continue up through the crack to the top. Bring large gear. Steepness:


The Whistle Driller Trad 5.9
Walk to the right of Gumby In The Rough and look for a handcrack that leads to a sort of chimney about 30 feet up. There will be a crack with a low roof and another roof about 50 feet up just to the right of it. Climb up to the chimney where it turns to a fingercrack. Continue up the fingercrack to a one bolt anchor. Steepness:


Pangaea Trad 5.11a
Walk along the wall to the right of The Whistle Driller for a good ways until you reach a huge ampitheater with a large boulder at the bottom and a gigantic roof split by an offwidth about 80 feet up. To the left of the ampitheater is this dihedral which leads out a handcrack in the roof to another dihedral above. You will see a mess of fixed gear for the anchor on the ledge above the upper dihedral. Steepness:


Twelve Step Program Trad 5.12a
Locate a thin right-facing dihedral about 50 feet right and around the corner from Pangaea. Stem your way up the dihedral to a two bolt anchor just below a large roof split by an offwidth. The roof has been aided but not freed due to a large loose block. Steepness: