Grand Ledge (aka Oak Park) Climbing
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Sunny sandstone top roping and bouldering crag in the lower peninsula of Michigan right on the Grand River. The cliff is 40 feet tall and offers very bouldery, challenging climbs and problems.
The cliff faces south and receives sun most of the day with the majority of wind blocked as well. While the rock quality is pretty good on established classics, other areas can be quite chossy, so be careful.
Unique Rules to Grand Ledge:
(1) No lead climbing.
(2) Must place carpet below your anchors to protect cliff from erosion. You will see how soft the rock is and all the marking from webbing and rope.
(3) No Rappelling.
(4) No alcohol.
(5) No top roping over the Ballerina Bulge or west of the signs near the overlook.
Classic climbs/problems include:
Black Buttress: 5.9
Doug's Roof: 5.10
Rocket Man: 5:10
V3 The Trick
Find Grand Ledge, Michigan (use Map Quest or Google). Then head through downtown along Bridge St. Once you cross the bridge, hang a left on the first street which is Front Street. You will drive though a subdivision until you dead end at dirt parking lot for Oak Park. The approach to the cliff is obvious; simply hike down towards the river via trails that take you down to where the cliff breaks down on both sides.
Toads is located at 223 North Bridge Street, literally just a few blocks down from Oak Park. They carry equipment and have a great menu as well.
Classic Climbing Routes at Grand Ledge (aka Oak Park)
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