Old Sandstone Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The first of many classics at the Sandstone.
The Old Sandstone formation is an otherworldly crag that lies far to the east of the quartzite cliffs we're all used to climbing on at Devil's Lake. The rock here has round edges, embedded pebbles (of quartzite, of course), blank slabs, curved cracks, and other wonders. The cliff is about 65 feet high at its loftiest point, and it contains a number of excellent climbs.
To access the Old Sandstone formation drive 1.25 miles east of the CCC parking lot, nearly to Highway 113. After driving this distance you will see the backside of a 35 MPH speed limit sign on the left (north) side of the road. Just before this sign there is a dirt pull-off on the right (south) side of the road that accomodates 4-5 cars. Park here.
The Rozno's Meadow/Ice Age Trail heads out into the meadow from this lot. Farther up the other side of the road toward Devils Lake the hiking trail head back into the woods.
Across the road and slightly east, find a less obvious trail cutting into the woods near the speed limit sign. Hike up the forested slope for about 15 minutes and when the slope starts to flatten you will see to your right the sandstone cliff that is the "Old Sandstone" formation.
Weather station 4.0 miles from here
34 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Old Sandstone
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Old Sandstone:
Out There 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
R TR, 1 pitch
Ptooey 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 40'
Gargantua 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Tarantula 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 60'
Has Been 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
PG13 Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Uberschmidt 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Featured Route For Old Sandstone
Pacific Ocean Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a WI
: Devil's Lake
: ... : Old Sandstone
Pacific Ocean Wall is the large scoop on the right hand side of Old Sandstone--it looks like a crashing wave. Also, it looks like the crux is under the wave or pulling out of it. Wrong. Thin but positive flakes bring you to the lip of the wave. Above the lip, expect sloping handholds and subtle smearing--classic sandstone climbing. A few tough, insecure pulls deposit you at the top of one of the best routes at Devil's Lake....[more] Browse More Classics in WI
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BETA PHOTO: Old and new access
BETA PHOTO: Some rock past Everleigh Club. I think this one ha...
BETA PHOTO: More rock past Everleigh Club.
BETA PHOTO: More rock down the way past Everleigh Club.
BETA PHOTO: Old and new access
From: Chicago Il
Sep 6, 2015
There is a yellow jacket nest in the ground somewhere around Alligator Wall and Curving Crack. We arrived around 9am this morning and were attacked within 30 seconds of dropping our bags. 1000+ yellow jackets. My rope bag was covered with so many yellow jackets that the fabric was not visible. In a panic, we left the bags as we retreated around the corner to the east end of the wall and into the woods. After about 10-15 minutes 1 person was able to go back and retrieve our packs. We bushwhacked straight back to the road and got the hell out.
One climber was stung twice, another climber 4 times, and one climber not at all. Our dogs probably got the worst of it being that the yellow jackets were burrowing into their fur and stinging them repeatedly. Overall we consider ourselves very lucky. Careful out there folks!!!
By Doug Hemken
Apr 9, 2016
There is now an access trail to the top around the last of the rock at the west (left) end of the Old Sandstone, and brush has been piled up on the old access. Please use the new access to reduce erosion.