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Mostly slabby or vertical riverside bluffs. This limestone is poor to good quality, depending on the line. The bluffs face west and don't have much shade in the afternoon. All seasons are good, but fall is best. Very vegetated and tick infested in the summer, and hot in the afternoons, too.

There is quite the mix of sport, trad, and mixed lines here, so bring all your gear. Only a 50 meter rope is required, though.

Refer to Missouri Limestone Select, by Sean Burns.

Getting There

From Kansas City, take 71 south to South 7, going left at the top of the ramp. In Clinton, keep going straight as the road becomes 13. Continue about 25 minutes, passing Osceola Cheese on the left. Take a right on 82, which is at the top of the hill where you will see Sac-Osage Hospital. A mile or two down the road is a scenic pulloff on the right. Park here and descend via a trail by the stone steps.

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Erik Pohlman
Westminster, CO
Erik Pohlman   Westminster, CO
"The bluffs face west and don't have much shade in the afternoon. All seasons are good, but fall is best." If climbing here in the summer, start at sunrise and climb until the sunlight hits the shore. If you hurry, you will have just enough time to get out before the sun blazes down on you. Aug 5, 2009
karl vochatzer
Cedar City, UT
karl vochatzer   Cedar City, UT
Does anyone have GPS coordinates or more detailed directions? We are visiting family in KC and will take a side trip to Osceola the week after Christmas. Dec 24, 2011
Matt Roberts
Columbus, OH
Matt Roberts   Columbus, OH
I grew up just south of here, but only started climbing after I left. It's been nice climbing here, but it is the first area that I've ever climbed in which I won't take off my helmet unless I'm climbing. There are lots of little spots of loose rock, and I think some fell on each route I climbed.

Also, I happened to have a 50' piece of static line in the car & I tied it to the anchor at the top of the approach. Totally not necessary, but it saved a few minutes, especially w a new climber in the party. Dec 23, 2012
Found a pair of Evolvs on Sunday. Let me know if they are yours. Feb 21, 2017
Bowling green Kentuckee
CrimpDaddy-WesP   Bowling green Kentuckee
Can you set topropes on any of the climbs? Or can you not access the top without climbing? Jun 24, 2017
What Happened to the Wenonah wall? Dec 21, 2017
Zane Winter
Kansas City, MO
Zane Winter   Kansas City, MO
There is another line that climbs out of a cave in-between a couple of walls climber's left of the walk down. Route is called Reckless Hate, the guidebook gives 5.12c. Jan 8, 2018
Theodore Morrow
Golden, Co
Theodore Morrow   Golden, Co
Went 10 Jun, 18. There are some signs posted up That say "Reservation boundary mark, do not disturb" They look old. An old guy with his son at the scenic lookout told me there where guys getting ticketed and heavily fined for "rappelling" as well. I assume those guys where probably doing something dumb to get into trouble. Beta is pretty as far as directions go, so here is what I found. Not sure what wall I was at, but if you park at either pullout (first or second) Head north, till you pass this old abandoned looking garage, and then angle down this wash with a bunch of old rusted metal pieces and part of a rusted out car (kind of sketchy) to find a walk down. It may not the "the" walkdown, but we couldn't find anything else. In addition we only found it after we rapped down behind the old garage on a tree and then through some anchors we found. Still not sure which wall we where at but it was pretty fun. Direction on here are poor, wish I could post something better. I was just fairly confused.

Rock quality is decent, lots of loose stuff op top though, would recommend a helmet for everyone. Jun 10, 2018
Zane Winter
Kansas City, MO
Zane Winter   Kansas City, MO
Theodore Morrow, thanks for your post. The approach you reference sounds like you probably walked through someone's yard, which is certainly to be avoided in the future as there are some climber-unfriendly homes in that area. That said, there has never been a real problem with climbing at trapper's to my knowledge. The proper approach is to go right of the scenic outlook walkdown via a faint climber's trail and either rap off the single bolt at the top of a 3rd class slab or downscramble. It's easy to find once you're shown it but relatively unobvious otherwise :( Jun 20, 2018
Just got out here yesterday(10/21/2018) The water is all the way up to wall on Pontoon. So Unless you have a boat to belay from, you will need to wait for the water to go down a bit before climbing here. Fortunately, Monegaw Springs is 20 minutes down the road! Oct 22, 2018 · Temporary Report