Elevation: 735 ft
GPS: 35.016, -85.333 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Zachary Lesch-Huie on Nov 4, 2017 with improvements by Clay Hardwick
Admins: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough
Access Issue: Climb at your own risk. Lookout Mountain Conservancy owns and manages area. Details

Description

Download the complete guide here: https://www.accessfund.org/uploads/2019-Wauhatchie-Guidebook-2.pdf. This guide was created for Wauhatchie BoulderFest, a grand opening event for this area presented by High Point Climbing & Fitness, and put on by Access Fund and SCC.

The Boulders on Old Wauhatchie Pike is a bouldering area owned and managed by Lookout Mountain Conservancy (LMC), a nationally recognized local land trust in Chattanooga, TN (donate to LMC here: secure.lglforms.com/form_en…). Situated next to Chattanooga's St. Elmo neighborhood, it offers quality bouldering at all grades, right at the base of Lookout Mountain in the great outdoor city of Chattanooga. Super easy access and the closest rock to town make it a great place to go after work, with family and kids, or to simply get in full session with friends.

There are currently 5 boulders open to climbing (as of 10/30/2017), all within earshot of each other: The Slide, Bulge, Turtle, Edge, and the big one, The Cliffhanger. More boulders are planned for opening in the future as work on trails and landing areas is completed. Please respect any temporary closures as work is in progress.

In 2016 LMC approved an Access Fund proposal to open the boulders on their property. Access Fund later received a grant from Lyndhurst Foundation to help build out trails and climbing infrastructure at the area, as a part of AF's Chattanooga Climbing Conservation Initiative. AF's Southeast staff and Conservation Teams laid out, planned and built key landing areas and trails to ensure long-term bouldering access and sustainability. All site work has been accomplished thanks to an incredibly successful collaboration--AF's Conservation Teams, LMC's staff and Howard School interns, hundreds of LMC volunteers, and Southeastern Climbers Coalition staff and volunteers.

Getting There

Park at LMC's John C. Wilson Park, on Cumming's Highway (John C. Wilson park should show up on maps if you punch it in your phone). There is a paved parking lot with nice wooden picnic shelters. The boulders are a few hundred feet away, on the hill above. Two ways in: a short minute walk to the left, up a nice trail, puts you at the Slide Boulder; or a short walk up the hill to the right via a path in the woods or steep stairs takes you to The Cliffhanger. A few other ways to access the area: you can ride your bike to the area via Chattanooga's Riverwalk Greenway, which pops you out less than a mile from the boulders; or you can hike or bike via LMC's Guild Trail.

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