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Hoot Bluff  

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South facing, overhanging limestone. Its a small
number of climbs, but the quality is high. The best place to climb in Iowa in the winter.

Hoot Bluff is in the Ozark Wildlife area.


Getting There 

Take 6th Ave north out of Canton, turn right on 166st and then left on 21st Ave. Just after you cross the bridge over the Maquoketa river there is a small road alongside a corn field (Ozarks Rd). At the back side of the cornfield go through the gate. The crag is on the left hand side after the road starts to pull away from the river. Its hard to spot, the climbs are on top of a bluff.

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Weather station 10.1 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hoot Bluff:
Bad to the Bone   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Liberal Tendencies   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Deer Crossing   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Golden Showers   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Gravity Amp   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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liberal bottom up (goes right side of large hueco then veers up and left)

Liberal Tendencies 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  IA : Hoot Bluff
The climb finishes on the same chains as Bad to the Bone. Fun sustained climb. The crux is clipping the chains....[more]   Browse More Classics in IA

Photos of Hoot Bluff Slideshow Add Photo
Ozark Wildlife Area map
BETA PHOTO: Ozark Wildlife Area map
This is the sign you'll see at the base of the bluff. Just hike up about 50 yards past this sign
BETA PHOTO: This is the sign you'll see at the base of the blu...
Good side view going the other way (from liberal to gravity amp)
Good side view going the other way (from liberal t...
The pockets on this rock are too much fun.
BETA PHOTO: The pockets on this rock are too much fun.
good side view of hoot. Shows the steapness (this view is from power surge looking down toward deer crossing)
good side view of hoot. Shows the steapness (this ...

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By Michael Bartosek
From: Los Angeles
Sep 6, 2010
The road along side the cornfield is 187th street, it is clearly marked and the outcrops are on the left hand side about an 1/8th of a mile after the point where the road and the river come very close together, the road starts to pull away from the river again and you'll see an old sign that looks to be warning of the dangers of climbing and climb at own risk.
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Nov 12, 2010
Is this near the Canton, Iowa just off the interstate?? I lived in Larchwood/Rock Rapids, Iowa. Is this near there? West Iowa??
By Langlois
From: NYC
Nov 13, 2010
No its in eastern Iowa. About 30 mins west of Dubuque
By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 7, 2013
Had some good times at this mini crag back in the day. If only you could get this stone in the 100' range... If you are in this corner of Iowa, this is the place for a decent pump.
By Carl Rene Pelletier
From: Jackson, Wyoming
Apr 11, 2013
My wife and I stopped in after a recent visit to the Quad Cities. A nice way to break up the drive! We found some fun climbs.

We also found:

TICKS!!! I had three on me that night. Just a heads up.