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About Pilot Mountain:

A small but very accessible cliff. The rock (quartzite) is not always stellar but has some very fun climbs. Be careful not to block the hiking trail which often lies at the base of the climbs.

The sport routes start in the Ampitheatre, which has some high-quality climbs ranging from 5.7-5.13a. Farther up the row is the North Carolina classic, Devil in the White House. Underneath the parking lot are higher cliffs which can be done trad or top-rope from a top belay.

Pilot Mountain is a great place to take first-timers and introduce beginners to outdoor climbing because of the ease of climbs, and accessibility to all parts of the state.

NOTE: Climbing on the Pilot Mountain knob is not permitted.

Nearest town or city: Winston-Salem
Directions: Take Pilot Mountain exit from US 52. Park at the far corner of the top parking lot and register at the board near the beginning of the trail head.

All climbs are easily accessible via the Three Bears gully if you don't decide to set up a toprope and rappel down. Do not use any other gullies to access the crag.

Latitude, Longitude: 36.34017, -80.48048
Access Issues: Climbing permit required.
Camping: Pay
When to Climb: Autumn Spring Winter
Quantity of Climbs: Month

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With Replies Fire Stone0826 2 Dec 05 2012, 5:49 AM
With Replies Pilot Mtn. NC: hornet alert Rmsyll2 1 Jun 24 2012, 6:08 PM
With Replies People throwing rocks off the top of pilot MMOORE81 9 May 26 2012, 4:37 PM
No Replies Pilot Mtn., NC: top-rope rigging gallery Rmsyll2 0 Jan 28 2012, 7:06 AM
With Replies Pilot Mtn. NC: bolting alert Rmsyll2 4 Jul 29 2012, 8:15 PM
No Replies Pilot Mtn. NC: parking alert Rmsyll2 0 Oct 24 2011, 5:41 PM
With Replies Pilot Mtn. NC: records Rmsyll2 1 Sep 21 2011, 9:48 PM
No Replies Pilot Mtn. NC: dirt alert Rmsyll2 0 Aug 19 2011, 6:13 PM
With Replies OCT Climb ducfast 1 Jun 22 2011, 6:12 PM
With Replies Pilot Mtn. NC: snake alert Rmsyll2 1 Mar 15 2012, 4:26 PM
With Replies Left Gear? sanz919 1 Aug 29 2011, 6:57 AM
With Replies Pilot Mtn. NC: bug alert Rmsyll2 2 May 03 2011, 5:34 AM
With Replies Pilot Mtn. NC: summit hours Rmsyll2 1 Oct 31 2011, 8:46 PM
With Replies Pilot Mtn. NC: The Knob is very closed Rmsyll2 2 Sep 26 2011, 8:35 PM
With Replies Pilot Mtn. NC: alternative climbing guide Rmsyll2 2 Jun 09 2011, 9:31 PM