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L to R R to L Alpha
5.5 Trad T 
Big Dave's S 
Cannonball S 
Crisis of Confidence S 
Cryptic S 
Definite Maybe S 
Footloose S 
giGantic S,TR 
Guardian Angel S 
I Love Twins T 
Misunderstood T 
No Talent Ass Clown S 
Poptop S,TR 
Return, The S 
Rusty S,TR 
Sands of Rhyme T,S 
Treehugger S 
Treet T 
Up Game, The S 
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Lower Leda Rock Climbing 


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Description 

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.

Lower Leda is a great alternative destination when the main Leda cliff is crowded.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.1 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',6],['5.11',0],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Leda

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Leda:
giGantic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Treehugger   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
I Love Twins   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Return   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Guardian Angel   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
No Talent Ass Clown   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Cryptic   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Big Dave's   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Up Game   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Lower Leda
Rock Climbing Photo: Treet, Lower Leda, TN

Treet 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  TN : Lower Leda
Jam your way up the crack until you are in the corner beneath the roof. A hand traverse to the right and an awkward mantle gets you a nice stance on the triangular ledge. From here, step left and onto the arete above the roof, and head to the top.We topped out to the right of the smaller dead tree hanging down from the top. Tiny pro in horizontals and lots of small, dirty holds made this last section feel more like 5.9. Were it to clean up a bit, it would probably feel easier....[more]   Browse More Classics in TN

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Rock Climbing Photo: Another shot from the approach trail.
Another shot from the approach trail.
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By Kit Taylor
From: Atlanta, GA
Oct 26, 2009
Not nearly as many routes at upper Leda, but with almost a dozen quality, sustained, bolted moderates up to a 5.10 this a great area for new leaders or to take friends who don't climb. Add in the quickest approach ever and you have the makings for a relaxing day of easy climbing.
By Swamp Cookie
From: da Bayou
Feb 28, 2010
We actually have a couple of 5.12's and a 5.13a at lower leda. Fun for everyone. Trad, sport, and mixed routes.
By Rockery Press
Oct 13, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Leda FREE Day Guide
Lower Leda FREE Day Guide


You can download a FREE Lower Leda Day Guide from Rockery Press by clicking on the following link: rockerypress.com/free-day-guid...

Lower Leda Free Guide includes:
Driving & Approach Beta
Rules & Recommendations
Several days of route descriptions and recommendations

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