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Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail - 5 Points Section
Cloudland Canyon State Park's flagship mountain bike and horseback trail. Near Trenton, GA
From MP's sister site: MTB Project
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.
16 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Leda:
I Love Twins 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
giGantic 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Treehugger 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
The Return 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Poptop 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
No Talent Ass Clown 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Guardian Angel 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Sands of Rhyme 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Misunderstood 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Cryptic 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Big Dave's 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
The Up Game 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For Lower Leda
Big Dave's 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a TN : Lower Leda
Great climbing! Big Dave's is like a harder version of its neighbor, The Return, with an exciting roof pull. Soft for the grade but still a must-do for Lower Leda.A short face climb leads to a spacious ledge. From the ledge, move up to a small roof and surmount it on good holds. Continue up to a steep face with a crimpy and balancy sequence to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in TN
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