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Routes in Vulture Lookout

Double Jeopardy Cracks T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Duracell T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Energizer, The T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Gram Cracker T,TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Gyno Cracks T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Magic Mushroom TR 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Missing Piece T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
V (aka The Vulva), The T,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Description

A quiet crag in the woods, yet easy to find. Great views across the quarry and Roznos Meadow to the Wisconsin River. Among the notable climbs here are "Magic Mushroom" (5.12b/c), "Double Jeopardy" (5.9), and "The V" (5.10 offwidth).

Getting There

This one is easy to find from above, even if you have never been here! Hike up the CCC trail, and back into the woods behind D'Arcy's Buttress. Follow the East Bluff Woods trail east down to the saddle point, and continue up the Ice Age trail until it levels out on top of the bluff. On the right you will come to a rocky overlook, 20 yards off the trail. Head down into the woods to the left of this overlook, and within about 50 yards come out among the trees on top of Vulture Overlook. The best access to the base is probably back to the west along the edge of the boulder field (the Western Cwm boulder field).

You could also come up from below, passing by Crashing Rock, Lost Temple, and Red Nose Wall.

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We parked at the lot off Hwy DL that also serves the "Stienke Basin" area and hiked the service road straight south to the intersection with the Ice Age Trail. Make a left and up the hill to the overlook, there is a slightly worn trail a little further that will take you to the top of the wall. Access to the west side. Aug 3, 2009
Doug Hemken
Madison, WI
Doug Hemken   Madison, WI  
Peter Arndt's photo on the main Devils Lake page gives you an idea of what Vulture Lookout is like:

Oct 29, 2007

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