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Areas in High Cliff State Park

North Side 6 / 0 / 13 / 44 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 57
South Side 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
West Side 2 / 0 / 11 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Elevation: 967 ft
GPS: 44.157, -88.293 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: jon jugenheimer on Nov 20, 2006
Admins: Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE


This area is a west facing limestone cliff ranging from 20 to 35 feet tall in High Cliff State park. Routes are top roped from trees above. Cracks and ledges on face climbs are all over the cliff with some interesting overhanging areas. An ok place to climb on an afternoon as well as doing some drytooling. Rock can be wet and muddy in cracks in the early season.

Admin note: "Parts of High Cliff are included in the dnr's State Natural Area program so please respect that and do not climb in areas that are signed as State Natural Areas."

Getting There

From Appleton take hwy 10 east to hwy 114 east. go south where the road sign tells you to go south and into the park (need a sticker). the climbs are located along the entire cliff line. best areas are just west of the campground

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Classic Climbing Routes at High Cliff State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2-3 5+
An Appropriate Name
V3-4 6A+
Harappan Civilization
V4 6B
Calm like a Bomb
V5 6C
The Overhang
V5 6C
Star Destroyer
V7 7A+
Sexytime Traverse
V7-8 7B
Formidable Forecast
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Eight Ball Corner Pocket (Flake Route)
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
5.8 Crack
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Tower Arete
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V3 6A Mod. Snow
The Traverse of the Gods
Boulder, Snow
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
An Appropriate Name N Side > Pavilion Block Bouldering
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Harappan Civilization N Side > Pavilion Block Bouldering
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Calm like a Bomb N Side > Pavilion Block Bouldering
V4 6B Boulder
The Overhang N Side > Pavilion Block Bouldering
V5 6C Boulder
Star Destroyer N Side > Star Destroyer Boulder
V5 6C Boulder
Sexytime Traverse N Side > Pavilion Block Bouldering
V7 7A+ Boulder
Formidable Forecast N Side > Pavilion Block Bouldering
V7-8 7B Boulder
Eight Ball Corner Pocket (F… N Side > A. Red Bird Statue Area
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
5.8 Crack N Side > A. Red Bird Statue Area
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Tower Arete W Side > C. The Stairs and… > Stairway Tower
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
The Traverse of the Gods N Side > Pavilion Block Bouldering
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V3 6A Mod. Snow Boulder, Snow
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Josh Bochniak
Green Bay, WI
Josh Bochniak   Green Bay, WI
Hey all, just moved from New York in August and got to spend a couple of hours at High Cliff yesterday. Looking forward to exploring more things out there. Oct 11, 2013
Rico McGeeko
Larsen, WI
Rico McGeeko   Larsen, WI
Did a few routes here yesterday only to find they're not on the page yet. Will have to go back, take some more pictures, and map the routes. Area is about 1/2 way between B & C on the map under a lookout on the Red Bird trail, directly out from a park map. Aug 19, 2013
there are so many routes not posted on here that are totally rad climbs, come on people lets get to work, haha with that said its getting cold outside and i'm gonna climb before the end of season, so whos ever down for high cliff soon call me (920)250-1621 peace Oct 13, 2012
Minneapolis, MN
Zach.Moore   Minneapolis, MN
Can someone add these GPS Coordinates?


Edit: Awesome! Thanks for the timely addition. Jun 11, 2012
Chris treggE
Madison, Beersconsin
Chris treggE   Madison, Beersconsin  
Thanks to Paul Campbell who will be reordering the problems from left to right. Jul 10, 2011
I was recently in touch with the park manager at High Cliff and found out that the park is a designated state natural are which means that no alteration to the rock is allowed so no bolting is allowed anywhere in the park. Sep 9, 2009
I have not been to the reserve before but I will be sure to check it out soon. It would be nice to set up some test bolts somewhere to find out what would work best. Could you pm with anymore information you might think usefull, and id like to get a copy of your guide. Jul 31, 2009
Peter Dodge
Duluth, MN
Peter Dodge   Duluth, MN
Bolting has been small talk with high cliff climbers for several years. No one has really stepped up to make the next move.

Generally, the rock is very chossy and shallow, this makes most people hesitant of the bolts. Two bolts were at high cliff a long time ago, but they have since been removed (also a long time ago) because of the above reason.

I personally think the reserve area would be a perfect place to bolt... but that's just me. Jul 31, 2009
Has anyone ever contacted the DNR to see if it would be ok to bolt lines here. I think that alot of the routes could be climbed more safely with bolts and even open up options where a TR is hard or impossible to set. Just a question this is not something that I would think about doing if it was not allowed. Jul 6, 2009
Peter Dodge
Duluth, MN
Peter Dodge   Duluth, MN
I have made a guide for a lot of the climbing at High Cliff. It isn't anything major, but it will give you a lot of the popular areas and routes. E-mail me if you would like a copy and I will send one to you. Dec 12, 2007
A couple buddies and I climbed here in 1984 and '85--we climbed over 80 routes all from the ground up with no previous inspection or cleaning. We also did a handful of routes on top-rope. We did find a few old pitons here and there. It's a great little area and has nice camping and a nice beach frequented by babes from Appleton and Oshkosh. May 14, 2006

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