Elevation: 1,009 ft
GPS: 35.236, -85.232 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: saxfiend on Jun 23, 2008 · Updates
Admins: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Leda

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 53
Treehugger
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 70
Gigantic
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
I Love Twins
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 50
The Return
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 26
Poptop
Sport, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 34
No Talent Ass Clown
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 67
Guardian Angel
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 32
Big Dave's
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 18
Sands of Rhyme
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 23
Cryptic
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 36
The Up Game
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 18
Crisis of Confidence
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Cannonball
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Treehugger
 53
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Gigantic
 70
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
I Love Twins
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Return
 50
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Poptop
 26
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
No Talent Ass Clown
 34
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Guardian Angel
 67
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Big Dave's
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Sands of Rhyme
 18
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Cryptic
 23
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Up Game
 36
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Crisis of Confidence
 18
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Cannonball
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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