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Areas in Alabama

Alexander City 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
BankHead Forest/ Thompson Creek Trail 1 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Bankhead Forest/Ship Rock 7 / 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Cherokee Bluffs 10 / 16 / 13 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 32
Chewacla State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Colbert Heights 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Coosa Slabs 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Dumps, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Fort Rucker Climbing Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Griffin Falls 10 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Home Crag Boulders a.k.a. Sherriff Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Horse Pens 40 0 / 0 / 0 / 296 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 296
Hospital Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 162 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 162
Hurricane Creek Park 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Jamestown 45 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 49
LaGrange 0 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Lake Smith 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Little River Canyon 0 / 72 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 72
Monte Sano State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Moss Rock Preserve 0 / 0 / 0 / 46 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 46
Palisades Park 45 / 0 / 46 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 58
Rainbow Mountain 0 / 0 / 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Sand Rock 63 / 91 / 12 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 165
Seven Falls 1 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Smith Mountain 1 / 0 / 6 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 31
Steele 31 / 6 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 36
Temp HP40 0 / 0 / 0 / 97 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 97
Tuscaloosa UA Campus 0 / 0 / 1 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Yellow Bluff 20 / 45 / 2 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 73
bankhead forest/sipsey picnic area 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 572 ft
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Shared By: saxfiend on Jan 5, 2007
Admins: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough

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It may not be the first place you think of as a climbing destination, but Alabama has some excellent crags to choose from, most within a two-hour drive of Atlanta or Birmingham.

Climbing in Alabama is mostly sandstone. The Cumberland Plateau, which hosts the great sandstone cliffs of Tennessee, extends into northern Alabama. Areas like Jamestown are similar to T-Wall and Sunset in Chattanooga, though the cliffs are not as tall. Other areas like Sand Rock, by contrast, tend toward sandstone with a fair amount of conglomerate mixed in.

For trad climbers, Jamestown is the top destination, with numerous excellent lines. Areas like Sand Rock and Griffin Falls have a mix of sport and trad, while Palisades Park is a great place for setting up easy to moderate topropes. Boulderers can enjoy the great problems of Horse Pens 40 and Moss Rock Preserve.

Because many of Alabama's destinations are on private land, access has been a perennial problem. While there are some areas that have been closed with little hope of ever reopening, Jamestown is a special success story. In 2005, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition purchased the land that includes the Jamestown cliffline, reopening the area to legal climbing for the first time in 12 years. With luck, other off-limits areas can be reopened with similar tactics.

Getting There [Edit]

See individual climbing areas for specific directions.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Alabama

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 81
The Stranger
Boulder
V3 6A
 68
Genesis
Boulder
V3 6A
 68
Earth Wind & Fire
Boulder
V3 6A
 157
Bumboy
Boulder
V4 6B
 61
Lowdown
Boulder
V5 6C
 65
Hammerhead
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 84
Knob Wall
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 151
That Eight (aka Kennel Club)
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 162
My Dog Has Fleas
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 64
Comfortably Numb
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 135
Oyster
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 163
Misty
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 74
Cinco de Mayo
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 67
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone)
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 82
Dreamscape
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Stranger Horse Pens 40 > Spirit Area
 81
V2 5+ Boulder
Genesis Temp HP40
 68
V3 6A Boulder
Earth Wind & Fire Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 68
V3 6A Boulder
Bumboy Horse Pens 40 > Supa Coola Area/ Mill…
 157
V3 6A Boulder
Lowdown Horse Pens 40 > Mulletino Boulder.
 61
V4 6B Boulder
Hammerhead Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 65
V5 6C Boulder
Knob Wall Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 84
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
That Eight (aka Kennel Club) Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 151
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
My Dog Has Fleas Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 162
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Comfortably Numb Sand Rock > Pinnacle
 64
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Oyster Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 135
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Misty Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 163
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Cinco de Mayo Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 74
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone) Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 67
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Dreamscape Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 82
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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how come Little River Canyon is not represented in mountain project Mar 24, 2013
BirminghamBen
Birmingham, AL
BirminghamBen   Birmingham, AL
Because the locals would freak! Mar 25, 2013
bernard wolfe
birmingham, al
bernard wolfe   birmingham, al
stoked!

probably as much forgotten about the canyon as remains topical Nov 6, 2013
I could not find the Walls of Jericho in Jackson County on here. Was surprised. Thought it might be. Great hiking but walls and caves make for excellent climbing. Jul 12, 2014
Does anyone have any info about yellow creek falls? I've been hiking there a couple of times and noticed a few sport routes going up Apr 4, 2017
BirminghamBen
Birmingham, AL
BirminghamBen   Birmingham, AL
Marty. PM me through the site concerning YCF. FYI, it is on private property and should not be posted anywhere in the public domain. Apr 18, 2017

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