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Ijams Crag

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
(Kelly's Project) S 
Ace of Spades S 
Baker (Open Project), The S 
Beer and Doughnuts (Training Anchor) S,TR 
Blacksmith S 
Butcher, The S 
Candlestick Maker, The S 
Carcosa S 
Dark Side of the Moon S 
Down on the Corner S 
G-Thing S 
High Five Ghost S 
Illegal Smile (Open Project) S 
Johnny's Quest S 
Joker and the Thief S 
Krusty the Klown S 
Lumberjack S 
Madelade S 
Master of Puppets S 
Mordecai S 
Mowgli S,TR 
Muscle Man S 
Pops S 
Raksha S 
Rigby S 
Road, The S,TR 
Scruffy City Blues S 
SE Climbing S 
Suttree S 
Thunderstruck S,TR 
Travelling Man S 
True Detective S 
Use Me S 
Yellow King S 
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Ijams Crag Rock Climbing 

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Location: 35.94466, -83.87729 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Benjy Darnell on Sep 2, 2016  with updates from Micah McCrotty and 1 more
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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ijams Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ijams Crag:
Madelade   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Suttree   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   
Thunderstruck   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 60'   
Use Me   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
SE Climbing   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Scruffy City Blues   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
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Featured Route For Ijams Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Training anchors

Beer and Doughnuts (Training Anchor) 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c  Tennessee : Ijams Crag
5.0+ G Grade I. Sit start and free solo up 5 feet to a 2 bolt anchor. Great ledge to stand on when clipping anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in Tennessee

Photos of Ijams Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Ijams map with Ijam Crag parking.
BETA PHOTO: Ijams map with Ijam Crag parking.
Rock Climbing Photo: Slab Wall - Gray slab to slightly overhanging wall...
BETA PHOTO: Slab Wall - Gray slab to slightly overhanging wall...
Rock Climbing Photo: Detective Buttress - Prominent nose-like feature t...
BETA PHOTO: Detective Buttress - Prominent nose-like feature t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Regular Wall - Vertical wall and corner system to ...
BETA PHOTO: Regular Wall - Vertical wall and corner system to ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Blue Collar Roof - obvious large roof to the right...
BETA PHOTO: Blue Collar Roof - obvious large roof to the right...
Rock Climbing Photo: Groove Theater - far left wall
BETA PHOTO: Groove Theater - far left wall

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By Micah McCrotty
From: Knoxville
Sep 24, 2016
John is right, the crag is closed to open climbing until further notice as of September 19th, 2016.
By Micah McCrotty
From: Knoxville
Apr 7, 2017
The Ijams Crag is open as of 4/8/17! You'll have to fill out a waver, but otherwise free and clear!
By Zabadoo
From: Grand Rapids, MI
Jun 12, 2017
Great crag! I can tell there was a TON of work put into this and it has lead to an excellent crag.
By Benjy Darnell
Jul 6, 2017
Thanks Zabadoo!!

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