Land Manager: Southeastern Climbers Coalition

Native Lands: Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) (from

Area Rep: Sammy Raviv,

SCC purchased Steele in 2009 for $55,000, after having been closed to climbing since 1987. Climbing at Steele dates back to the 1970’s and is predominantly traditional climbing, with some sport routes mixed in. Climbers will find a composting toilet located at the corner of the parking lot, thanks to grants from American Alpine Club and Access Fund. The SCC portion of Steele is surrounded by privately owned cliff, so please stay on SCC property and do not trespass onto private property. Clear boundary signs are located at each end of the cliff.


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What to Expect

Steele is comprised of over one mile of 80 to 100 foot tall sandstone climbing. Early pioneers and first ascentionist included Mark Cole, Rob Robinson, Gene Smith, Maurice Reed,Curt Merchant, Les Hutchinson, James Guidry, Ken Pitts, Mack McNease, Dean Elliot, Jamie Silliman and others. According to early climbers, many new routes were put up between 1984 and 1986. A second generation of climbers added new energy and lines to include Bernard Wolfe, Adam Henry, David Hemphill, Sammy Raviv, Gus Fontenot and others. Today the area boasts many superb lines and a large concentration of 2 and 3 star routes with nearly 50 on the SCC property.

Access notes

  • Be a good neighbor: Please make a good impression by driving slowly, smiling and being respectful to our neighbors.
    • This also includes No Trespassing. Unfortunately, the SCC did not have the opportunity to purchase the entire cliff. If you see ‘End SCC Property” signs you are leaving SCC property and are subject to trespassing law.
  • Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a leash.
  • Leave No Trace: Keep this area beautiful and clean. Clean up after yourselves, your peers, and your pets. Lead by example and pick it up on the first pass.
  • No Fires


No camping at Steele. Horsepens 40 is a quick ten-minute drive up the mountain.


Steele can be found in the Dixie Cragger’s Atlas