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Mizell Bluffs on Tellico Lake Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: DanielJames on Aug 18, 2016
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BETA PHOTO: Full view of the Mizell Bluffs.

Description 

Here is a small deep water solo spot on Tellico Lake with a couple routes and likely more to etch out. Tallest part of the cliff is in the realm of 50' with the lower side maybe 25', with various places from the top for clean jumps into the water. Water is clear and deep.

The rock is generally pretty good, a few loose areas being fixed and some dirty rock as well. Be mindful of the mud daubers and paper wasps, but generally they aren't an issue. Sandstone with nice bedding structure and good cracks to work with. f

Facing to the west, this catches evening sun allowing for quick drying but also heat and exposure in summer. As an additional benefit, though, it makes a lovely spot to catch sunset over the lake.

Weeknights at most will have a couple people, you may catch onlookers from boats. Weekends it may be a bit of a hangout spot especially for cliff jumping but could use confirmation on that.

Getting There 

Access either from water via kayak/other boat or by trail.

Easiest boat launch is from Tellico Recreation Area. There is a decent spot to tie off kayaks to trees just around the corner of the bluffs.

Hiking in is a short 0.5 mile hike from the Mizell trailhead on Jackson Bend Road just off route 321. Go down from the trailhead following the white blazes, and make a left to the Baker Hollow Branch at the sign about 0.1 miles from the trailhead. Continue straight ahead, and ignore the trail that comes in from the left. Arrival at the bluffs will be unmistakable. To get to the bottom, either jump off the cliffs into the water or carefully descend at the edge and it is possible to do a half floating transverse (arms up and dry) to any point on the bluffs from the base.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 2.5 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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By DanielJames
From: Custer, SD
Aug 18, 2016
This is an area I've been kayaking to and working on routes. I asked around about people climbing them and got nothing on the matter but if you have been climbing the bluffs or know people that have, chime in and add routes/let me know if my routes have already been done and named.

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