Dawson Bluffs (Climbing)
About Dawson Bluffs (Climbing):
Dawson Bluffs (aka Hunter's Bluff, Jones-Kenney, Pumpkin Center, Pennyrile Cliffs) is partially state owned and partially private. The routes run from 30ft to 120ft. Though this area is not a large crag, it has some of the finest cracks in the midwest and bosts potential for more sport routes and bouldering.
The more popular routes are Thurmonuclear's Crack (5.13a) which hasn't seen a second ascent and was voted the 10th best roof crack in the United States by Tim Toula, not to mention Tips and Toes (5.12a) a classic trad line, and the popular Green Monster (5.9).
CAMPING: Most people camp at Camp 4 overhang . It supplies a bueatiful view plus blocks wind from the East. You can haul your gear up via the belay anchors atop the ledge. You can also camp on top of the main cliff. The view is spectacular. It is prefered that you keep your fire limited to a fire ring that already exsists... and keep in mind that it is against the law to burn your fire ontop of the rock.
|Nearest town or city:||Dawson Springs|
|Directions:||From Dawson Springs head West on HWY 62. 5 miles outside Dawson Springs you will come to a bridge just after the shooting range on your left, (it is your second bridge). There is a small gravel pull-off on the left side of the road (east bound lane) with enough room for about 5 vehicles.
The trail starts there and can get pretty muddy from the rain so bring proper foot wear. To get to climbs go straight up trail and then stay right on the trail when coming to a fork at the top of the small hill. Walk 1/2 mile until you see the bluffs. Keep walking along the log trail until it starts to run out...just before you reach the cave at the end of the trail you will notice a huge boulder to your left and a highly pocketed boulder to the right of that. The one on the left is Zion Boulder and the one on the right is Reggae Rock.
|Access Issues:||Land at bottom of bluffs is private. Please pack out what you pack in! There are teens that party there and it would help to clean up after them as well (as much as we don't want to).|
|When to Climb:||Update|
|Quantity of Climbs:||Week|
Forum Discussions (See all 17 posts )
|Bluffs lately?||cstin0416||1||Mar 13 2014, 9:22 PM|
|Climbing tomorrow||JacobM||0||Nov 24 2012, 4:37 PM|
|Will belay for soft catch||JacobM||0||Nov 24 2012, 8:37 AM|
|climbing club or group for Hunters Bluff???||erborrego||4||Jan 02 2013, 1:02 PM|
|new area||kalen666||4||Jan 09 2013, 11:12 AM|
|Trail Day||kalen666||0||Jan 12 2012, 6:49 PM|
|New Facebook page for Hopkins County Climbers||ma_shphrd||0||Apr 29 2011, 7:41 PM|
|Crag cleanup and climbing 19-21 Feb 2011||DavidArlaud||1||Mar 16 2011, 12:03 PM|
|Dawson Bluffs Guidebook||DavidArlaud||2||Jan 08 2011, 3:31 PM|
|Crag Clean Up!||JacobM||0||Aug 12 2010, 8:44 PM|
|Camping at Pennyrile forest State park||lonegreeneagle||7||Feb 11 2010, 5:28 PM|
|Any Dawson Bluffs Climbers?||DavidArlaud||6||Jan 08 2011, 3:16 PM|
|Thurmonuclear||dubforceone||2||Aug 30 2010, 10:34 AM|
|Anybody been to Hunter's Bluff||dubforceone||2||Jan 04 2008, 5:28 AM|
|Hunter's Bluff Trail Day||andy_lemon||0||Oct 26 2004, 8:52 AM|