Elevation: 849 ft
GPS: 42.209, -91.102 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jon Lauters on Jan 4, 2008 with improvements by Adam Knutson
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Description

Pictured Rocks is probably the most popular climbing area in eastern Iowa. It is often busy on fall and spring weekends. During the fall and spring, there are classes from the University of Iowa on Sunday that top rope on A Wall. During summer and early fall, the trees provide lots of shade on most walls. Windy Point often gets wind as the name implies. The rock quality is better for Pictured than other locations due to the amount of traffic the routes receive, but this also has caused polishing on a lot of routes. Due to the nature of the rock, after a good rain, the rock will drip for up to a few days after the rain depending on weather conditions.

Getting There

Take 151 towards Monticello, get off at exit 65, and turn south on 38. Follow the signs to Pictured Rocks county park by turning left on 190th Street and follow this past Camp Courageous. The road will turn to gravel after the camps. This gravel road is the access road for the park. Once you get to the bottom of the hill, turn left. This will take you slightly uphill to a turn around with parking areas. You will see a picnic shelter and primitive restroom facilities.

The main trail to the climbs is beyond the picnic shelter. There is no longer camping at this park which is managed by Jones County, Iowa.

ORIENTATION: Getting to know Pictured Rocks
Collin's Wall is right at the parking lot. Gumby Wall is left of Collin's Wall, it is the wall and detatched pillar which can be seen right before you take your left into the parking lot on the left side. Chicago Wall can be reached by goin to the right instead of left. The rest of the walls are accessed from the main trail as you walk farther into the park.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pictured Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 84
Tarzan
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 47
Whipper Snapper
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
Mild Iowa
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 51
Jugular
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 47
Schoolio
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 49
Over The Counter
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Virgin Lemonade
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 50
Hope for a Boner
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 35
Three Strikes No Balls
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 38
Silk Road
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 34
Tazmanian Devil
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 19
Border Town Donkey Show
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 32
Bird in Hand
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 39
Flash
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 12
Julie's Kiss
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tarzan Shiprock
 84
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Whipper Snapper Mild Iowa Wall
 47
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Mild Iowa Mild Iowa Wall
 49
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Jugular Mild Iowa Wall
 51
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Schoolio Ice Cave Wall
 47
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Over The Counter Shiprock
 49
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Sport
Virgin Lemonade Wild Iowa Wall
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hope for a Boner A Wall
 50
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Three Strikes No Balls Comic Gallery
 35
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Silk Road Shiprock
 38
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tazmanian Devil Comic Gallery
 34
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Border Town Donkey Show Windy Point
 19
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bird in Hand Wild Iowa Wall
 32
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Flash Comic Gallery
 39
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Julie's Kiss Comic Gallery
 12
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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