bring the bug spray (as with any U.P. outdoor activities) - otherwise nice shade and protected from wind. short approach but quiet and away from the road noise. The land is owned by the ski hill - they allow climbing but no camping on the property.
Granite, about 80' - seems to be predominately top-roped with some bouldering, we found opportunity for trad lines Trail around the left of the rock face leads up to set up top ropes - supposed to be good trees, etc to set up anchors, but possibly a distance from the rock edge so you may need longer pieces of webbing (based on hearsay)
County Rd 553 south-southwest'ish from Marquette (can get onto 553 from US41 or we took McClellan south from US41/M28). Drive past the ski hill around the corner. There will be a round-dome shaped house on the left (east) side of the rd kinda tucked in the trees and a radio tower - turn left onto the dirt road immediately after the round house - park by the tower maintenance building or the next little parking area - obvious trail northeast off the 2nd parking area. - 5 min hike to base of rock
The route takes the line directly beneath the shallow corner. This line is one of the best leads at the ski hill. the bottom section can be 3 different ways take the overhang to keep the grade. the crux is the shallow corner, holds are big up until the last moves...[more]Browse More Classics in MI
Pretty much is good for all rates. Denise and I did a crack with a roof on a trad lead. Rock is solid but weeps with water in spots. Not much for giving beta on this one due to the fact we had no time to actually beta the route ourselves. But contact the local climbing shop and talk to them...bigtime help there. Rock varies from 30ft to 100 ft of climbing with variations of slab, crack, roof, aretes I'd say. I would go back and do it again on the next trip out.
Much of the info on Marquette area rock climbing needs editorial work. Most of the early history is unknown by the individuals who have posted route info or at least not included. Other technical details are incorrect ... for example the rock at the "Marquette Mountain" crag (historically known as Cliff's Ridge Crag) is not granite, it is quartzite. What are the procedures for suggesting corrections? P Watts.