UPDATE [April 9, 2015]:
Spring rains have washed out several roads and bridges at the Red River Gorge, Kentucky, making access to some climbing areas difficult or impossible.
If you plan on climbing at the RED, please check road and parking changes and plan accordingly.
Here are the current ground conditions, from the RRGCC via redriverclimbing.com:
– Bald Rock Road is passable in most all locations by passenger vehicles
– Access to Flat Holler parking lot is not available at this time – please park elsewhere.
– Flat Holler parking lot should be accessible by this next weekend provided weather cooperates. Next week at the latest if it does not.
– Hell Creek Road is in disrepair, and traveling beyond the intersection of Shumaker Ridge Road and Hell Creek by vehicle is NOT advised until further notice – road repairs are contingent on weather.
– We ask that you DO NOT travel back to Sore Heel in anything less than a 4×4 vehicle and DO NOT park along Sore Heel road during this time.
– Parking in front of oil wells, next to oil well access roads, in the road, or anywhere where you might close the travel corridor more than 12’ is strictly prohibited. The oil company MUST have access to repair roads and maintain their equipment. Violators WILL BE TOWED.
– Please use good judgment when parking during this time – do not impede local or company traffic in any way.
– If you cannot find a place to park responsibly, please consider a different crag until we can repair this Spring’s damage.
– All climbing is OPEN and always will be!
The RRGCC will continue to update the status of roads as rain continues through the week into the weekend. They will also begin work on the roads as soon as weather and funding permits.
To help with funding for road and trail restoration visit the RRGCC website at http://rrgcc.org/donate/.