A view of High Point. Photo by Frank Nederland
Some steep stone in areas. Photo by Frank Nederland
Silver Platter route. Photo by Frank Nederland.
High Point GA
Access Update 07-23-2009
Brad McLeod, Access Fund Georgia Representative
June, 2009 Update
Spoke with Walt Hodges with the Lula Lake Land Trust www.lulalake.org on friday (7-23-09) about High Point (Walker County, GA) climbing and the access to that area. High Point was closed many years ago but has since re-opened to climbing after Lula Lake purchased the land. High Point routes are found in the Dixie Craggers Atlas by Chris Watford.
Walt explained that a new parking area has been built at Nick a jack Road at hwy 157. An option is to drive by Tower Road (the gravel road up to High Point) and drop off climbers - then have someone drive to Nickajack Road trail head (about 5 miles) then park and mountain bike back to meet your party at Tower Road. Then hike up Tower Road. If your going to climb at HIgh Point - please call Walt Hodges on his cell phone 706-639-3099. This courtesy call will allow Walt to know that climbers are up at High Point in case of emergency or problems.
To find this intersection type in Nick a jack road, walker county, ga to Google maps (scroll left up to Hwy 157) and you will see the intersection at Hwy 157.
In the fall of 2009 Lula Lake will be planning a new trail with better (closer) access up to High Point.
The LLLT is working with the Southeastern Climbers
Coalition and other recreational user-groups, is working hard to open their gates to sustainable recreational use of their land.
Roads and parking lots do not come for free so a fund raising effort is going to be required. If you would like to donate to this cause please send a check to:
SCC - High Point
275 Stone Mill Trail NE
Atlanta GA 30328
High Point is located on the eastern rim of Lookout Mountain about 10 miles south of Chattanooga and approximately 1 mile east of the town of Thompsonville in Walker County, Georgia. High point is the highest point on Lookout Mountain. There are approximately 45 routes, mostly traditional and mixed, ranging from 30 to 70 feet in height. While the routes tend to be short, commonly 45 to 50 feet, the lines are classic and steep.
Info from a recent site visit by the Atlanta Climbing Club in August 2009 from Frank Nederland "The routes are full of lichen and dirt from lack of use and the orientation of the cliff line. There are some beautiful lines there. I think that the route with the purple rope is “Silver Platter” or “Spy World” but I am not sure.
One sad thing I have to report, vandals trashed the transmitter building for the high tower on the summit and tossed a lot of equipment and building material off the top of the cliff. The one thing that really got me mad was that all the lead acid batteries used for backup power for the transmitter were also tossed. Now the place is contaminated with lead. I will work with the State to get it cleaned up."
Aerial Map of High Point cliffline:
USGS Map of High Point cliffline:
Thanks to the Lula Lake Land Trust and Adelaide Bratcher for working with the SCC and allowing climbing at High Point!
This page will be updated as things develop.
Thank you, Kirk Brode.