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Michigan Rock Climbing 

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Climbing The Pinnacle. Presque Isle, Marquette

Mishigama, the large water state 

To the outside community, Michigan is NOT known for its rock climbing, but it is known to its locals. With enough rock climbing to hold us over for Kentucky, Arkansas, California and beyond, climbers are able to enjoy what Michigan has to offer. Michigan is more known for its ice climbing in Munising.

Grand Ledge is the only known area in the Lower Peninsula to have any outdoor climbing. (see Grand Ledge page)

Munising/Picture Rocks is home to hundreds of frozen drip and Michigan's Ice Fest (

The Upper Peninsula holds Michigan's best rock climbing. With its hidden rock bands, hard to find boulders, and still to be discovered routes you will most likely be the only one out there. There are over 300 hundred routes and countless boulder problems to be played on.

For more beta in the Upper Peninsula: contact Down Wind Sports in Houghton or Marquette.

Guide Book: The Marquette County Guide is currently being rewritten and expanded to cover the whole Upper Peninsula. If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to Jason at

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Weather station 2.2 miles from here

229 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',24],['3 Stars',88],['2 Stars',84],['1 Star',23],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Michigan

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Michigan:
The Amphitheater   WI6+     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 65'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Giddy Up   WI3-     Ice, 1 pitch   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
East Channel Climbs   WI4-5     Trad, TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Munising : Grand Island
Sweet Mother Moses   WI3-4     Ice, 1 pitch, 75'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Suck it up   WI4     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Dairyland   WI5     Ice, 150'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
The Dryer Hose (aka Life's a Pitch)   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Enigma   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Grand Ledge
Potato Chips   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Grand Ledge
Fine Wine    5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Marquette : The AAA Walls
Rocket Man   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Grand Ledge
Doug's Roof   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 44'   Grand Ledge
Rated P.G.    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County
The Pinacle   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR   Presque Isle : The Pinacle area
Scrotum    5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Marquette : Suicide
The Sport Route   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Silver Mountain
Intimidator   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Grand Ledge
Despondecy Direct   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 30'   Grand Ledge
to many lady bugs   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Marquette : Hogback Mountain
Ragged Edge   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     TR, 30'   Grand Ledge
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Rock Climbing Photo: You can see the first bolt to the right of the tre...

-unknown- 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  MI : Marquette : Glenda's Pile
Climb 5.6 up to the ledge to clip the first bolt. Clip up and right of the bolts to a small stance before the crux. Climb up the flaring crack and move left then climb to the chains. Climb the finger crack just left of the 2nd bolt to climb on gear. I am unaware of any assents done on gear but it is highly possible ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MI

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By Thomas Ferguson
Aug 19, 2008
There are a lot of areas in Upper Michigan that are fun to climb and worth a trip and or vacation to go climb them. It would be nice to have a page telling about them and where they are. (Or is there a conspiracy not to list any because the climbers who visit or live in Upper Michigan want to keep the great climbing a secret so they won't have to deal with the areas becoming crowded.)
By jay.kalamazoo
From: kalamazoo, mi
Nov 1, 2008
We don't have a lot of rock- but we do have some good buildering.

I encourage folks to post some of those sites up.
By Brandon Snyder
From: Marquette MI
Mar 20, 2009
Climbing can be found all around the town of marquette and across the upper pinsula
By Big-Time-Small-Timer
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 1, 2009
Check out the Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County page. Say ya to da U.P. eh!
By Clint C
Dec 13, 2010
I'm looking to compile some sweet photos of MI, Wi, Mn, Il or any Midwest climbing for a writing project.
Please send me any you have to

Please send in a jpg low resolution format.

Appreciate it,

Climb on
By Juggler
May 31, 2011
To All Chicago Area Climbers(South suburbs):

I am looking for partners to go to MI climbing and other locations(Jackson Falls, DL, The Red, Grand Dads, etc) with.

I have an Airplane and can fly us there. Please send me a PM if you want more details and the cost of sharing the flight expenses. Hope to meet a few of you soon. I can fit up to 4 climbers with me in the Cherokee 6(with room for gear). LMK :)
By rich magner
From: Joshua Tree,CA
Apr 18, 2013
I am more than delighted to see climbs going up/being posted. As a Michigan Expat. I look forward to checking these out next time I visit the motherland.

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