Elevation: 1,065 ft
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Shared By: Benjy Darnell on Sep 2, 2016 with updates from Micah McCrotty
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Description

Ijams Crag is a sport climbing area in the heart of South Knoxville's Urban Wilderness and is 10 minutes from downtown. 34 routes that range in height from 30' to 60' & in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.13. Cliff is generally E/NE facing, with some sun early and shade later in the day. This is an old marble/limestone quarry that has been cleared of invasive vegetation and most loose rock that has left an interesting style of, close to home, climbing. Great for an afternoon work-out on challenging, but short, routes or for those new to the sport who want to figure out climbing before heading out to bigger and better places. Ijams Crag Website

Getting There

I-40 near downtown Knoxville. Take exit 388A - James White Parkway to Sevier/Hillwood Ave exit & turn left on Hillwood Ave. Continue through 4-way stop & at bottom of hill turn right on Island Home Blvd. Stay left at next split, to stay on Island Home. After passing large Island Home Baptist Church on left, take next immediate right on Gilbert Ln. Pass under R.R. bridge & take next left on Belvedere Ave & next immediate right on Aberdeen Ln. Stay right at split to stay on Aberdeen Ln. Drive through first gate and park in gravel area. From the parking lot walk straight ahead, past the gate, on Imerys Trail. At the first intersection, turn right on Burnett Ridge Trail. This trail will wind uphill for a couple of minutes until you reach an Ijams Crag Sign. Turn right at this sign and the entrance to Ijams Crag.

34 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ijams Crag

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
Travelling Man
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
High Five Ghost
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Madelade
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Thunderstruck
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Suttree
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Use Me
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 9
SE Climbing
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Yellow King
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
Scruffy City Blues
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Travelling Man
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
High Five Ghost
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Madelade
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Thunderstruck
 9
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Suttree
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Use Me
 8
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
SE Climbing
 9
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Yellow King
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Scruffy City Blues
 5
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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Micah McCrotty
Knoxville
Micah McCrotty   Knoxville
John is right, the crag is closed to open climbing until further notice as of September 19th, 2016. Sep 24, 2016
Micah McCrotty
Knoxville
Micah McCrotty   Knoxville
The Ijams Crag is open as of 4/8/17! You'll have to fill out a waver, but otherwise free and clear! Apr 7, 2017
Zabadoo
Grand Rapids, MI
Zabadoo   Grand Rapids, MI
Great crag! I can tell there was a TON of work put into this and it has lead to an excellent crag. Jun 12, 2017
Thanks Zabadoo!! Jul 6, 2017