Motherlode Region

  • Grades: US
  • Photos: 13
  • Ascents: 1,634
  • Aka: BRRP
  • Aka: Bald Rock Recreational Preserve


Motherlode is one of the most famous areas in the Red River Gorge with loads of steep but also some easier climbing. A must visit for everyone coming to the Red.


Some of the best and hardest climbing in the Red River Gorge. The many sectors of the Motherlode Region are located within the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP) and the Bald Rock Recreational Preserve (BRRP), both owned by the Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition.

Access issues

Please climb responsible and follow Leave No Trace practices. All dogs must be leashed or under control of their owners. Stay off tagged projects and do not touch or use any project ropes, draws, or other gear. Stay on established trails and do not mark or damage tress or other vegetation. Approval by the RRGCC is required prior to the establishment of any new crags or trails. No hunting, trapping, digging for archaeological artifacts, or operation of motorized vehicles off established roads is permitted. No open fires are permitted due to the oil extraction activity in the area and the enormous threat of forest fire in a region of numerous oil wells would pose. Overnight camping (no long-term camping) is permitted as long as it is not in a climbing area, along a trail, or near any oil equipment. Please remove all refuse and bury human waste.


Head south on highway 11 towards Beattyville and take a right on highway 498. After 2km and the sharp right turn, take the next dirt road right (Bald Rock Fork rd). After about 1km you will see a first parking on your left (P1). Park there or continue down the steep road to reach parking 2 (P2) and 3 (P3) for Motherlode and Chocolate Factory. Continue further on the road to reach parking 4 (P4) on your left for Sore Heel Hollow and further on to parking 5 (P5) for Bob Marley and Drive-by. You might take a right up to another parking for Sore Heel Hollow just before P4. Follow the obvious and mostly marked trails to reach the respective sectors.


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