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 with improvements by Will Delorm
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
 56
Gigantic
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 43
Treehugger
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 13
I Love Twins
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 42
The Return
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 25
No Talent Ass Clown
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 48
Guardian Angel
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 22
Big Dave's
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 16
Cryptic
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 29
The Up Game
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Crisis of Confidence
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gigantic
 56
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Treehugger
 43
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
I Love Twins
 13
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Return
 42
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
No Talent Ass Clown
 25
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Guardian Angel
 48
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Big Dave's
 22
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Cryptic
 16
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Up Game
 29
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Crisis of Confidence
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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