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Areas in West Bluff - Cleo Amphitheater

Blade, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Chair Bivy Buttress 2 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Cleo Amphitheater, The 21 / 0 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Cleopatra's Needle 6 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Turk's Head 7 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Whitney's Formation 3 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Wiessner Wall 6 / 0 / 7 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9

Description

The Cleo Amphitheater is probably the most frequently climbed area on the West Bluff. There are a good number of quality climbs found here and the access is relatively easy. The area sees morning sun and shade in the afternoon, so it's ideal for hot sunny days. The area is made up of the climbs on Cleopatra's Needle, the Amphitheater, the Wiessner Wall, and Turk's Head.

Getting There

To get to the Cleo Amphitheater park at the gravel parking lot near the southwest end of the lake, across from the boat landing. The lot accomodates 20-30 cars. From the lot, cross the road and take the West Bluff Trail (paved) up the West Bluff. At the top of the bluff you will come to a lookout directly above the Amphitheater. The Wiessner Wall and Turk's Head are to your left (north), while Cleopatra's Needle is at about 11 o'clock if you're looking straight out off the bluff.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Bluff - Cleo Amphitheater

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Upper Wiessner Crack
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Mickey Mouse
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Minnie Mouse
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Queen's Throne
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Northwest Side
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
East Comfort Route
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13
Southeast Arete
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Cleo's Needle Southwest Dihedral
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fritz
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Wiessner Face
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Turk's Head Ridge
Trad 7 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Cleos Needle-Southwest Rib
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Queen's Face
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Between the Queens
TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
The Green Slime
Trad, TR
Upper Wiessner Crack Wiessner Wall 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad, TR
Mickey Mouse Cleo Amphitheater 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Minnie Mouse Cleo Amphitheater 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Queen's Throne Cleo Amphitheater 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Northwest Side Cleopatra's Needle 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
East Comfort Route Cleopatra's Needle 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Southeast Arete Cleopatra's Needle 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13 Trad
Cleo's Needle Southwest Dih… Cleopatra's Needle 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Fritz Wiessner Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Wiessner Face Wiessner Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Turk's Head Ridge Turk's Head 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 7 pitches
Cleos Needle-Southwest Rib Cleopatra's Needle 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Queen's Face Cleo Amphitheater 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Between the Queens Cleo Amphitheater 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
The Green Slime Turk's Head 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
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The parking lot described in "Getting There" is now paved. Jul 7, 2009

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