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Yonah has a good selection of bouldering without having to hike all the way to the top. If you are strapped on time and want to get some climbing in at Yonah there are enough boulders to keep you busy for a while no more than a two minute walk from the parking lot. The rough granite boulders are sure to shred your tips so bring tape.

Getting There

At the very back of the parking lot there is a indistinct trail that starts at a small fire ring. Follow this trail no more than 200 yards until you see the boulders. Explore and have fun. You can also access this bouder field by following the trail to top of Yonah for 5-10 minutes until you see boulders on the right side of the trail. If you go over a foot bridge youve gone too far.

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Good addition, hopefully someone who knows the history of this place will step up with some info on FAs ect..

Also, when you reach the foot bridge walking from the parking lot there are good boulder problems to you left as well. Just follow the small ridge line littered with boulders in front and to the left when looking at the foot bridge. Check'em out. Feb 8, 2008
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
sounds pretty sweet! has the bouldering here expanded any? Jun 7, 2010
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
I've got a topo from a few years ago and an additional hand drawn topo of the Hilltop boulder on my website...check it out at upstatebouldering.blogspot.…

Just noticed new routes going up on here and wanted folks to be aware of what's been topo'ed. This was done a few years ago and isnt FA stuff...Michael Crowder says the old school crew sent over 1000 boulder routes all across the mountain (he posted that on I think). If you want real FA info, get in touch with him. There are also plenty of boulders along the trail to the main wall and quiet a few under the main wall too. This place has some really good bouldering and is destined to eventually be mined and thoroughly developed instead of everybody reinventing the area every few years. I say somebody add all the routes here on MP that are in the guide already and then start adding ones that aren't listed after that. Jun 23, 2011
hal bachman
cleveland, ga
hal bachman   cleveland, ga
Brad, I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I already tried all of what you said months ago. Have tried to get in touch with Michael Crowder, the Phoenix from SEC website, and Josh and Sean who made the Parking Lot Boulders guide (maybe some others that I can't remember, too). Have never heard from anyone. If you want me to take FA off all of my climbs, I will; but would like a name I can put there. Would also like for whoever claims FA to meet me up there as I just want to get and give info and enjoy the mountain. Would be awesome to meet someone up there with experience to point out climbs and give ratings. I will give all credit where credit is due. Would like to do videos as pics tend to pretty general, especially for beginners like me who are still learning what the holds are called (lol). Thx, Hal Jun 24, 2011
The right hand gaston on Burger Toss V5/6 (not listed here) on Yonah Burger Boulder popped off the rock this weekend 10/4/2014. Oct 7, 2014
I wish i had the time to list all the boulders we reclaimed back from the wild {yonah can be a jungle}. Not a good idea to claim FA's on this mountain, Crowder made it clear to us that he has done EVERYTHING!!!! End of story HAHAHA!!
There is an area that has many crazy classics near the top. Most people love it but cant handle the stroll up hill. If i can figure out how to up load some pics i'll post some. We've been working this area since 2006. Jan 19, 2015