COVID-19 Climbing Guidelines: The Red River Gorge in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Muir Valley, and all RRGCC-owned property - which includes Miller Fork Recreational Preserve, Bald Rock Recreational Preserve, and Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve - request that you follow the guidelines outlined on each website if you choose to climb during this time. See links above for more details about each climbing area.
Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.11 - - 7 7

Directions to The Unlode

This wall is in property owned by RRGCC. Be respectful.
Drive about 14 miles south on KY 11 (toward Miguel's) from the Junior Williamson Rest Area toward Beattyville. Turn right on KY 498. Drive 1.2 miles to a sharp right curve. Just beyond this curve take a sharp right on an unmarked gravel road. Follow the gravel road 0.8 miles straight through an intersection, past some houses with dogs, down a steep hill, alongside a small cliff on your left, to a clearing at the bottom. Park on the right in the grassy patch or in a smaller gravel pulloff a little further. This is the Motherlode parking area. Hike back uphill on the gravel road from the parking area to locate a logging road on your left. Walk down this road for a few hundred feet until you see a small cliff on your right. This is The Unlode.

Wall Sun: Unknown

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality User Stars Length Picture


Unwarranted Sport 5.11c


Undesirable Sport 5.11c
2.64  (14) 45ft  


Unworthy Sport 5.11a
2.13  (15) 45ft  


Unbridled Sport 5.10c
2.36  (14) 55ft


Unfamilia Sport 5.10c
2.50  (2) 55ft


Undoubtedly, Still Better than Trad Sport 5.9+
2.33  (3) 50ft


Unconditional Sport 5.10a
1.67  (6) 55ft


haas said on March 24th, 2005
all three stay dry in light rain, and the two 11s probably stay dry in downpour
Saxman said on March 29th, 2012
Cleaned the trail out. Easy hike now. Routes are worth doing, especially the 2 11s. Room for a couple of more routes to the left.
inwardj said on April 7th, 2019
three new routes open on the far left side. great options for warmups if your parking at the top of the lode hill, walk halfway down the lode hill and take a hard right onto logging road, follow this trail to the wall just below the lode hill.