Elevation: 938 ft
GPS: 34.359, -85.668 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tyler KC on Dec 18, 2016 · Updates
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Description

Little River Canyon National Preserve is a classic and historic climbing area located in Fort Payne AL.

Previously kept under the radar during the 80's/90's Little River Canyon has since been exposed for the past 10 years or so and thus featured in every major magazine to the sport.

The climbing here is steep and thuggy at times as well as technical thin and vert. The sandstone is of grand quality and the season is practically year round.

For a southern hardman LRC is not to be missed especially the famous "Concave" wall with it's collection of classic lines in the .13-.14 range.

Getting There

From Fort Payne, follow AL-35 14 miles to
"Little River Canyon National Preserve"

From here there is a two lane road with pulloffs at multiple spots for whatever wall you wish to access.

Camping

For primitive camping, check out True Adventure Sports. This smaller campground is right next to Canyon Rim Road, about a mile and a half from Unshackled Wall. They have a pit toilet and running water.

For those seeking more amenities and quicker access to the northeastern walls of the canyon, check out Little River RV Park & Campground [link: littleriverrvpark.com]. It's more expensive than TAS, but they have hot showers, wifi and the owners are climber friendly. This campground is located next to AL-35, so bring earplugs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Little River Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 39
Obsession
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 60
Lemonade
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 32
Bitless
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 21
Rocktoberfest
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 30
Bon Voyage
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 32
Sodomy
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 14
Fight Club
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 24
Toomsuba
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 28
Cardboard Cowboy
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 23
Lion
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 31
Robyn's Route
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 16
Majosha
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 14
Long Doug
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 20
Word
Sport
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 16
Hooligans
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Obsession Jungle Gym/Grey Wall
 39
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Lemonade Lizard Wall
 60
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bitless Tourist Wall > Crazy House
 32
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Rocktoberfest Tourist Wall > Rocktoberfest
 21
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Bon Voyage Lizard Wall
 30
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Sodomy Lizard Wall
 32
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Fight Club Toomsuba
 14
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Toomsuba Toomsuba
 24
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Cardboard Cowboy Lizard Wall
 28
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Lion Jungle Gym/Grey Wall
 23
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Robyn's Route Lizard Wall
 31
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Majosha Toomsuba
 16
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Long Doug Lizard Wall
 14
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Word Concave
 20
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Hooligans Concave
 16
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
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