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Areas in East Bluff 05 - Potholes Area

5.1 - Ramsay's Pinnacle 12 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
5.2 - Devils Doorway 4 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
5.3 - Doorway Rocks - Major Mass 62 / 0 / 61 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 71
5.4 - Doorway Rocks - Minor Mass 18 / 0 / 17 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
5.5 - Red Rock - Potholes 5 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7

Description

The Potholes Area is made up of three areas: Ramsay's Pinnacle, Doorway Rocks (including Devil's Doorway, Major Mass, and Minor Mass), and Red Rocks. Doorway Rocks is one of the largest formations on the bluffs surrounding Devil's Lake, but in spite of this it isn't as popular as other formations at the park.

The well known Devil's Doorway sits atop Doorway Rocks and attracts many day hikers, though this shouldn't be of concern to climbers since the Doorway's immediate vicinity contains only a few of the climbs found at this group of rocks.

There are two smaller areas on either side of the Doorway Rocks that are worth a visit. To the west sits Ramsay's Pinnacle, a grouping of shorter climbs easily accessed from the Devil's Doorway Trail. To the east you'll find Red Rocks, a collection of rocks that straddle the Potholes Trail.

Getting There

To get to the rocks in the Potholes Area, park at the South Shore parking lot and follow the paved trail north over the railroad tracks to the junction of the Grottos Trail and the Balanced Rock Trail.

At this junction, take a right and walk along the Grotto's Trail at the bottom of the bluff. After about 10 minutes of easy walking, turn left on the Potholes Trail, and head up the bluff on the rock steps. The Potholes Trail winds its way up through the talus slope to the top of the bluff, meeting the Devil's Doorway Trail near the top.

Just before the top of the Potholes Trail, you will find it hard to miss the Red Rocks. The trail squeezes through a two foot wide fissure that separates two 20 foot tall blocks. This is Red Rocks.

To access Minor Mass, cut across the talus field to the left before passing through the Red Rocks formation.

Continue around the bottom of the cliff to Major Mass or follow the Potholes Trail to the top and turn left on the Devil's Doorway Trail to access the upper level of Major Mass.

To reach Ramsay's Pinnacle, follow the Devil's Doorway Trail past the Doorway Rocks. Ramsay's Pinnacle is about 150 west of the Doorway Rocks.

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 21
Jungle Gym
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 34
Kenosis
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 34
Angel's Crack
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 16
Pigeon Roof
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 14
Cedar Tree Wall
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 71
Dippy Diagonal
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 45
Jolly Roger
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Impossible Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
Hammer Crack
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 14
Manhandler
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
LadyFingers
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 5
Rainman
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 5
Mr Wizard and Tutor Turtle
Trad, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 5
Hammer Master
Trad, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 7
Hammer Case
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Jungle Gym 5.3 - Doorway R… > Upper Major Mass & Ju…
 21
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Kenosis 5.3 - Doorway R… > Lower Major Mass
 34
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Angel's Crack 5.3 - Doorway R… > Upper Major Mass & Ju…
 34
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Pigeon Roof 5.4 - Doorway Rocks -…
 16
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Cedar Tree Wall 5.3 - Doorway R… > Upper Major Mass & Ju…
 14
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Dippy Diagonal 5.3 - Doorway R… > Lower Major Mass
 71
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Jolly Roger 5.3 - Doorway R… > Upper Major Mass & Ju…
 45
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Impossible Crack 5.2 - Devils Doorway
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Hammer Crack 5.3 - Doorway R… > Hammer Wall & The Key…
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Manhandler 5.4 - Doorway Rocks -…
 14
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
LadyFingers 5.4 - Doorway Rocks -…
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Rainman 5.4 - Doorway Rocks -…
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad, TR
Mr Wizard and Tutor Turtle 5.4 - Doorway Rocks -…
 5
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR
Hammer Master 5.3 - Doorway R… > Hammer Wall & The Key…
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
Hammer Case 5.3 - Doorway R… > Hammer Wall & The Key…
 7
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad
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