Elevation: 1,963 ft
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Collection of toprope face climbs with newer bolts on each route. All routes are north facing.

Getting There

Obtain climbing passes ($3) at the Sawnee Mountain Visitor Center (4075 Spot Rd, Cumming, GA 30040). For the shortest approach, drive to the Bettis Entrance (2500 Bettis Tribble Gap Rd) and follow the Indian Seats Trail north for about 1 mile to the overlook platform.

The scramble to the bottom will be on the north side of a large boulder to the west of the overlook platform. The trail heads east, then quickly switches back west and arrives at the middle ledge with a couple of climbs. Continue past the middle ledge and scramble down one more switchback to reach the lower area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Indian Seats

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
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I don't know enough about the area to add routes. Just stumbled on this place on a trip to Atlanta coming back from Mount Yonah. Hopefully someone does and can add the routes. Oct 28, 2014
Wes Whitaker
Atlanta, GA
Wes Whitaker   Atlanta, GA
Climbed here for the first time this weekend. Get your permit (3$) from the park office. they were super nice. Short approach, crowded summit... some kids were throwing small rocks so bring your helmet. Routes were relatively fun for a quick and easy day trip... great for first time outdoor sends or anyone practicing protection placement. there's a nice off-width crack, one decent finger crack, a slight roof that can be fun to play in. top rope or trad... at most 30 foot face but a nice view that offers a taste of exposure.

No idea what the names of the routes are... but the most difficult I could find should be no more than 5'7 (with a "crux" coming out of the roof). several 5'5s. all anchors (two bolts) are easy to find and offer multiple route possibilities. Apr 26, 2015
Lex Bally
Decatur, GA
Lex Bally   Decatur, GA
I recommend driving around to the bettis-tripple gap road parking lot after picking up the permit. Cuts the approach from close to 2 miles down to less than 1 mile.

Still kids throwing rocks off the top on a regular basis. Can't see the bottom of the cliff from the top (and thus the kids didn't know anyone was down there), but rocks still hit our party. Shouting up angrily usually works to stop it until the next group shows up. Definitely bring your helmet. Sep 12, 2016
GPS direction is a little off.

Parking lot is at google.com/maps/place/Boat+…@33.7218184,-84.5640666,57m Nov 22, 2016
Mark O'Neal
Nicholson, GA
Mark O'Neal   Nicholson, GA
Was in the area and had a couple of hours to kill so I figured I'd check it out.

Let's just say that unless you're a little kid or a total beginner you're better off just enjoying the hike and leaving your climbing gear in the car. Apr 8, 2017
If you are looking to take beginners out climbing or just trying to get out of Atlanta for a short day of climbing this is a pretty good spot for that. But if you are an experienced climber looking for new routes you are better off going to another crag. The routes are super short between 6 and 8 moves and most are in the 5.5 range. Also the rock is covered in sharp quartzite crystals that will tear open your fingers on the few hard routes. Oct 1, 2017