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Backbone Ridge is the northern half of the Group B bouldering area. I have split it into 2 sections, the west side and the east side due to the volume of established problems.

See topo map below:

Updated (2009) Group B topo with Plan B Area and the Backbone Ridge split into east side and west side.  Alternate approaches are the dotted lines.
Updated (2009) Group B topo with Plan B Area and the Backbone Ridge split into east side and west side. Alternate approaches are the dotted lines.

Getting There 

If nobody is camped at Group B, you can park there and walk through the site on the trail uphill. When you come to the saddle inbetween the 2 ridges, turn right. The eastern side is the side closest to Group B site. The western side is away from Group B campsite.

61 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',37],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Backbone Ridge:
crack   V0 4     Boulder   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Picasso Right   V1-2 5     Boulder   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Wright's Arete   V2 5+     Boulder   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Ashmatica   V2 5+     Boulder   East Side- Backbone Ridge
Scarete   V2 5+     Boulder, 25'   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Face Left of Wright's Arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Leaning Rock   V3 6A     Boulder   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Trail Crew   V3 6A     Boulder   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Picasso center   V3 6A     Boulder   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Midwest Harcore Presents......"Boulder Problem of the Year"   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 20'   East Side- Backbone Ridge
Midwest Hardcore (aka 6hrs)   V4 6B     Boulder   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Get the Hell Outa Dodge   V4 6B     Boulder   East Side- Backbone Ridge
Left out   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 25'   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Nameless   V5- 6C     Boulder   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Hangman   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   East Side- Backbone Ridge
Foothold Massacre   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   East Side- Backbone Ridge
Product of the Southwest   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Highly Executed   V7 7A+     Boulder   East Side- Backbone Ridge
Battle of the Bulge   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 20'   West Side- Backbone Ridge
Sandstone Violence   V8 7B     Boulder   West Side- Backbone Ridge
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Climb up the arete with shallow heel hooks and anti barndoor mind control.

Nameless V5- 6C  WI : Governor Dodge State Park : ... : West Side- Backbone Ridge
This is a stand out classic. Climb the arete on the right side with powerful gut tension core popping moves will keep you moving until you reach the first of two crimps on the arete up high. One more set of moves and it is nearly all over... #15 JJ's old topo. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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By Tradoholic
Jul 13, 2009

Do NOT walk through the campsite if people are camping there!!!! The park staff were very perturbed by this! An easy bet is to park in the paved lot with the bathrooms on the road right before you reach the Camp B and then hike up through the woods.

By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Mar 2, 2013

Peter is too humble to post this, but it's a nice video of the "Backbone Ridge Hat Trick": (also some cool beta for SV)

By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Mar 5, 2013

Hell yeah Peter! So were those all 2nd goes?;)