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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 2 / 10 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Chewacla State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
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
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 / 293 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 293
Hospital Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 158 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 158
Hurricane Creek Park 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Jamestown 44 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 48
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 / 55 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 55
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 / 90 / 12 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 164
Seven Falls 1 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Smith Mountain 1 / 0 / 6 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 30
Steele 27 / 6 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 32
Temp HP40 0 / 0 / 0 / 97 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 97
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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Description

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

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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+
The Stranger
Boulder
V2-3 5+
Copa Cabana
Boulder
V3 6A
Genesis
Boulder
V3 6A
Earth Wind & Fire
Boulder
V3 6A
Bumboy
Boulder
V5 6C
Hammerhead
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Knob Wall
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
That Eight (aka Kennel Club)
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
My Dog Has Fleas
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Comfortably Numb
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Oyster
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Misty
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Cinco de Mayo
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone)
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Dreamscape
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Stranger Horse Pens 40 > Spirit Area V2 5+ Boulder
Copa Cabana Horse Pens 40 > Ten Pins Area V2-3 5+ Boulder
Genesis Temp HP40 V3 6A Boulder
Earth Wind & Fire Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs V3 6A Boulder
Bumboy Horse Pens 40 > Supa Coola Area/ Millipede Boulder V3 6A Boulder
Hammerhead Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs V5 6C Boulder
Knob Wall Sand Rock > Sun Wall 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
That Eight (aka Kennel Club) Sand Rock > Holiday Block 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
My Dog Has Fleas Sand Rock > Holiday Block 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Comfortably Numb Sand Rock > Pinnacle 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Oyster Sand Rock > Holiday Block 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Misty Sand Rock > Sun Wall 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Cinco de Mayo Sand Rock > Holiday Block 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone) Sand Rock > Holiday Block 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Dreamscape Sand Rock > Sun Wall 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
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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
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
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
bernard wolfe
birmingham, al
bernard wolfe   birmingham, al
stoked!

probably as much forgotten about the canyon as remains topical Nov 6, 2013
BirminghamBen
Birmingham, AL
BirminghamBen   Birmingham, AL
Because the locals would freak! Mar 25, 2013
how come Little River Canyon is not represented in mountain project Mar 24, 2013

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