Though it shares the name of the better known Leda (aka Upper Leda) and is in the same general neighborhood, Lower Leda is a completely separate climbing area. Because the cliffline that's worth climbing is relatively short, Lower Leda has only about 25 routes, most of them bolted sport lines. This small volume is made up for by the high quality of the routes on good sandstone. There's also a good range of grades, with a couple of casual 5.5 trad lines; nice sport moderates like The Return (5.8+) and Guardian Angel (5.9+); and challenging 5.12s like Crisis of Confidence.
From downtown Chattanooga, go north on U.S. 27 toward Dayton. Take the Chickamauga Dam exit; going left from the exit, drive almost three miles to the second traffic light. Turn left here onto Montlake Mountain Road. Just before a sharp hairpin turn, watch for the entrance to a state park on the left. Park here and cross the road to find a trail about 50' up the road from the park entrance. A 10-minute (or less) hike up the trail will bring you to the base of the cliff.
Browse More Classics in Lower Leda
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Leda:
Treehugger 5.7 Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
giGantic 5.7 Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60 feet
I Love Twins 5.7 Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
The Return 5.8+ Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Poptop 5.9 Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30 feet
No Talent Ass Clown 5.9+ Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Guardian Angel 5.9+ Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Sands of Rhyme 5.10a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Cryptic 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Big Dave's 5.10- Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
The Up Game 5.10b Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
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