Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County Rock Climbing
Ryan McPhillips at Cliff Drive.
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.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 11.9 miles from here
23 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County:
Obsession 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR, 95'
Rated P.G. 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Featured Route For Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County
Fall colors just starting. From atop Cliff Dr.
BETA PHOTO: Obsession Area
BETA PHOTO: Map of climbing areas along Cliff Dr.
Copper Harbor Sunset - June 2009
BETA PHOTO: Mossy boulder at the base of Ice Fall Area.
BETA PHOTO: Mossy boulder at the base of the Ice Fall Area.
Some of the Old Milwaukee - Cliff Dr. Climbing Tea...
Nate Penney on the J.C bloc at Cliff Drive. These...
BETA PHOTO: Here is what the First bloc of the J.C area looks ...
Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County - Topo
The crux of Cliff Dr. climbing can often be findin...
Northeast end of Cliff Drive.
View from top of Ice Falls.
From: Madison, wi
Jun 2, 2010
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.
By Jason Schneider
Nov 14, 2011
are there any active Keweenaw climbers here that can get me some updated information to help make this section more up to date?