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Railroad Amphitheater

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Catenary Crack T,TR 
Cop Ripper T,TR 
Cop-Out T,TR 
Face-Off TR 
Jack The Crooked Cop T,TR 
Jack the Ripper T,TR 
Lumby Ridge T 
Old Shoes TR 
Pillar, The T,TR 
Pilloried T 
Pine Tree Dihedral T,TR 
Pine Tree Step-Across T,TR 
Railroad Offwidth (aka Birch Tree Dihedral) T,TR 
Right of the Eye T,TR 
Snedegar's Nose T,TR 
Spectacle T,TR 
Tang Shwang T,TR 
Working on the Railroad T,TR 

Railroad Amphitheater Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Railroad Amphitheater seen from frozen Devils Lake


The Railroad Amphitheater is a terrific climbing spot with easy access and fairly long, interesting routes. The north wall of the Amphitheater is overhanging and includes challenging routes like Catenary Crack, Cop-Out, Cop Ripper, and Jack the Ripper. The south wall includes Pine Tree Step-Across and Pine Tree Dihedral, both long, fun routes. Railroad Amphitheater is also home to Lumby Ridge, a series of climbs on the southeast ridge of the formation.

Getting There 

To get to the Railroad Amphitheater walk north along the railroad tracks from the South Shore parking lot. About 150 feet past the electric fence you will see the Amphitheater, sitting just off the tracks. Top-rope setup access can be found by going around either the north side or the south side of the formation.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Railroad Amphitheater

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Railroad Amphitheater:
Pine Tree Dihedral   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR   
Pine Tree Step-Across   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, TR   
The Pillar   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   
Railroad Offwidth (aka Birch Tree Dihedral)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   
Snedegar's Nose   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   
Tang Shwang   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Cop-Out   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR   
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Pine Tree Step-Across 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Railroad Amphitheater
The Pine Tree Step-Across is more a mental challenge than a physical one. The climb is located just left of the inside corner that leads up to the sizeable pine tree growing out of the rock near the top of the wall. Climb up this face until you reach a large overhaning block just left of the pine tree. Surmount the block using a mantel. Once on the block lean into the blank face and step across the abyss to a small landing pad for your foot. While stepping reach with your left hand for a hi...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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Rock Climbing Photo: Railroad from the water.
Railroad from the water.
Rock Climbing Photo: Some French climbers at Railroad, August 30, 2009.
Some French climbers at Railroad, August 30, 2009.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shot #2 of the French climbers at Railroad.  Augus...
Shot #2 of the French climbers at Railroad. Augus...
Rock Climbing Photo: The face is "Face-Off" 5.9. The Arete le...
BETA PHOTO: The face is "Face-Off" 5.9. The Arete le...

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