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Routes in Look Rock

Gypsy T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Open Book T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Patient Patience T,TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
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Elevation: 2,569 ft
GPS: 35.636, -83.938 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: kyle howe on Sep 19, 2013 with updates from Jim Urbec
Admins: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough
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Description

  • ** NPS does not allow rock climbing within the National Park boundaries. ***

Getting There

From Knoxville, Take 129 South toward Maryville. Turn left on Lamar Alexander Pkwy right before the Foothills Mall. Go about a mile, then turn right on Montvale Rd. Montvale becomes Happy Valley Road which will take you up the mountain. Merge left onto Flats road. Drive past Eagle Rock Retreat Center and keep driving up hill. Turn sharp left on Butterfly Gap Rd. Turn left on FootHills Parkway. Main top-rope wall is below main parking via a few obvious unmarked trails. Rap down, or walk east to the bottom of the cliff line, then back west to the start of the climbs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Look Rock

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
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Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
We top roped like 10-12 routes and bouldered about the same around 6-8 years ago while my wife was finishing up at UT and found it pretty fun and easy to set up. This a perfect little crag if you're visiting the Townsend/Cades Cove side of the Smokies. Sep 21, 2013
kyle howe
Knoxville, TN
kyle howe   Knoxville, TN
Brad, do you know any specific route information for Look Rock? Sep 22, 2013
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
I dont really remember any specific routes, but it seems like we sent routes up to around 5.10 and V4 or so. Sorry I cant be of much more help than that. Sep 23, 2013
kyle howe
Knoxville, TN
kyle howe   Knoxville, TN
There is an old-school topo with all the "proper" route names floating around somewhere, so some of the current route names listed here are temporary until the correct names are dug up. Oct 8, 2014
Zabadoo
Grand Rapids, MI
Zabadoo   Grand Rapids, MI
We had a little trouble "walking down". There were some committing parts to getting to the base. Not too difficult for able bodied adults but a little nerve racking for little kids. Jun 12, 2017

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