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Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County

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J.C. Superstar T,TR 
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Obsession T,TR 
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Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County  


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Elevation: 1,050'
Location: 47.3529, -88.3349 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jason Schneider, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Big-Time-Small-Timer on Jul 12, 2009
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Description 

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)



Getting There 

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



Weather station 11.9 miles from here

23 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',9],['5.8',5],['5.9',4],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County:
Obsession   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 95'   
J.C. Superstar   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 125'   
Obsession Direct   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 95'   
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Rated P.G.

Rated P.G. 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  MI : Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County
Crux: Gaining the arete and running bolts 1 and 2. This is a sporty fun climb with nice U.P. exposure.Lead fall decker potential if your belayer is not fully engaged. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MI

Photos of Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County Slideshow Add Photo
Fall colors just starting. From atop Cliff Dr.
Fall colors just starting. From atop Cliff Dr.
Obsession Area
BETA PHOTO: Obsession Area
Map of climbing areas along Cliff Dr.
BETA PHOTO: Map of climbing areas along Cliff Dr.
Cliff Dr.
Cliff Dr.
Copper Harbor Sunset - June 2009
Copper Harbor Sunset - June 2009
Mossy boulder at the base of Ice Fall Area.
BETA PHOTO: Mossy boulder at the base of Ice Fall Area.
South-Westish of J.C.
South-Westish of J.C.
Mossy boulder at the base of the Ice Fall Area.
BETA PHOTO: Mossy boulder at the base of the Ice Fall Area.
Cliff Dr.
Cliff Dr.
Some of the Old Milwaukee - Cliff Dr. Climbing Tea...
Some of the Old Milwaukee - Cliff Dr. Climbing Tea...
Lake Superior - Sunset
Lake Superior - Sunset
The Keweenaw Peninsula
The Keweenaw Peninsula
Nate Penney on the J.C bloc at Cliff Drive.  These...
Nate Penney on the J.C bloc at Cliff Drive. These...
Cliff Drive
Cliff Drive
Here is what the First bloc of the J.C area looks ...
BETA PHOTO: Here is what the First bloc of the J.C area looks ...
Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County - Topo
Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County - Topo
The crux of Cliff Dr. climbing can often be findin...
The crux of Cliff Dr. climbing can often be findin...
Northeast end of Cliff Drive.
Northeast end of Cliff Drive.
View from top of Ice Falls.
View from top of Ice Falls.

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By Bobrunning
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
Administrator
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?