Elevation: 1,215 ft
GPS: 43.414, -89.725 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Feb 24, 2002 with improvements by Phil S
Admins: Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, chris tregge

Description

The Balanced Rock Wall is one of the most popular climbing spots at Devil's Lake, and it's also a good place to go to impress day hikers since the Balanced Rock Trail passes along the base of the wall. The Balanced Rock Wall is a 40 foot wall containing the classic climb Watermarks (5.8), along with a handful of other moderate and enjoyable climbs. Access is fairly easy and straight forward, and the quality of the climbs is high. The only downside to the formation is the likelihood that you'll encounter a lot of people throughout the day. If you're looking to show off, this is the place for you. If you're looking for solitude, steer clear.

Getting There

To gain access to the Balanced Rock Wall hike up the Balanced Rock trail about halfway up the bluff. Twenty minutes of rock steps (10 if you're fast) and you will come upon this fine piece of rock. You really will have a hard time getting lost when looking for the Balanced Rock Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Balanced Rock Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
 13
Basswood Chimney
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 64
New Box
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 75
Sunken Pillar
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 52
Red Pulpit
Trad, TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 4
6.63 Smoots
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 112
Watermarks
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Indigo Billy
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 7
Der Glotzenlinks
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 47
Der Glotz
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Watermarks Direct
Trad, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 13
Beer and Booty
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 22
Morning After
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Moondust
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
Law and Gospel
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Basswood Chimney
 13
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c Trad, TR
New Box
 64
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Sunken Pillar
 75
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Red Pulpit
 52
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
6.63 Smoots
 4
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, TR
Watermarks
 112
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Indigo Billy
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Der Glotzenlinks
 7
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Der Glotz
 47
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Watermarks Direct
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Beer and Booty
 13
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Morning After
 22
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad
Moondust
 5
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Law and Gospel
 8
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
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