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Starr Mountain

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Starr Mountain  

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Off the beaten track and boasting only a small number of routes, Starr Mountain is not as popular or well-known as crags like T-Wall. Of course, this also means it's almost never crowded, and the rock quality and some stellar routes like Lucky Strikes make it worth a visit. And it's south-facing, which is good for winter climbing.

Route development began at Starr Mountain in 1978 with Atlanta climber Bob Ordner. Most of the established trad lines were put up over the next few years by Ordner, Shannon Stegg, Curtis Glass and others. Though it's primarily a trad area, there has been some sport development in recent years on a lower cliffline; this is not well-documented.

Getting There 

From Atlanta, take I-75 north to Hwy. 411 east (exit 293). Continue on 411 into Tennessee and through the town of Benton; a few miles past Benton, you'll cross the Hiwassee River. Continue almost a half mile further and turn right on Spring Creek Road (watch for signs for the Gee Creek Wilderness Area). After about 2.3 miles, park in a pulloff on the left near a culvert pipe next to railroad tracks. Hike across the tracks and find the uphill trail. Continue up the trail to a waterfall, then bear right and continue to the cliffline.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.9 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Starr Mountain:
Pleasing to the Touch   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Buck Nasty   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Sound of One Finger Bleeding   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Flake Route   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Lucky Strikes   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Big Men, Small Airplanes   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For Starr Mountain
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Lucky Strikes 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  TN : Starr Mountain
Like the DCA says, this is one of the best routes at Starr Mountain. The roof near the end is exposed but nicely protected.Starting on a short arete, sometimes tenuous moves lead to a short roof with nice horizontals. Pull the roof and continue to the top, enjoying the spectacular view of the Hiwassee River....[more]   Browse More Classics in TN

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