Secluded, 20-150+ ft. grey basalt cliff outcroppings. Awesome climbing experience in the isolated Keweenaw Peninsula. Great beginner crags and a handful of classics for the seasoned vet. Be aware of the private property boundaries along Cliff Drive. Watch for poison ivy and ticks. These two nasties are not pervasive but present. Loose dogs can get skunked, porcupined, or picked up by the sheriff. Some of the approaches and/or climbs might be vegetated due to a lack of traffic. Fall colors are amazing. Hopefully the Aurora Borealis will put on a show if you're camping in the Keweenaw.
Guidebook for this area exists - Published in the past by Michigan Technological University - Ridge Roamers Climbing Club; "Climber's Guide to the Keweenaw".
If someone is/knows the First Ascent parties please contact Big-Time-Small-Timer.
There are approximately 66 known and documented routes at Cliff Drive.
Areas are listed in order as you would come across them driving northeast along Cliff Dr.
- Ice Fall Area (19 routes) - Diamond Block (3 routes) - Overkill Roof (Unknown) - Brave Words Block (2 routes) - Free to Roam Block (1 route) - J.C. Area (17 routes) - Obsession Area (20 rotues) - Tower Area (4 routes)
Head to da U.P. eh! Drive past Calumet and into Ahmeek to the turn left for Cliff Drive. Approach time 15-40 minutes depending on going to the base or top of climbs/cliffband. Make sure to park as best you can off the road and not be a traffic hazard.
There is very nice climbing in Keweenaw County. I recommend stopping by Downwind sports in Houghton MI. I stopped there and they were very helpful. They have a printed guide for the area. It will make your climbing experience much easier. The pictures are hand drawn. It will help you find the crag and routes. While you are at Downwind sports purchase something, say thanks.