Elevation: 858 ft
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Shared By: Jon Lauters on Jan 19, 2008
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Description

The majority of outdoor areas with quality rock are located on the eastern side of the state. Iowans and folks from out of state gather in great numbers at places like Pictured Rocks county park, and Indian Bluffs state wildlife management area, both near Monticello, Iowa.

Backbone State park, near Strawberry Point, has a variety of climbs that are more spread out. Hoot Bluff, between Monticello and Maquoketa, Iowa, is a notable winter destination because the south-facing climbs are often warm enough for winter free climbing. In summer, Hoot as well as other spots become very hot, humid and difficult to get to when the vegetation expands and obscures trails and views.

Getting There

Head towards the eastern side of the state via I80 or other appropriate highway or gravel road. Most of the climbing is within 40 to 50 miles of Monticello, Iowa, which is located on Route 151. Many of the state roads are in excellent shape, but the path you take in Iowa will have many 90-degree turns. The 151 is a more direct / diagonal route in many cases.

Whatever path you take, you will no-doubt see lots of flat landscape, then rolling hills. Keep the faith, and ask directions if you need to. Folks will help, and you will be rewarded with an opportunity to spend some time on quality limestone and see the hidden gems of Iowa.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Iowa

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 82
Tarzan
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 45
Whipper Snapper
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
Mild Iowa
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
Jugular
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 46
Schoolio
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 49
Over The Counter
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 32
Virgin Lemonade
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Hope for a Boner
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Three Strikes No Balls
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 37
Silk Road
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 34
Tazmanian Devil
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 19
Liberal Tendencies
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 31
Bird in Hand
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 38
Flash
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
C N Red
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tarzan Pictured Rocks > Shiprock
 82
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Whipper Snapper Pictured Rocks > Mild Iowa Wall
 45
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Mild Iowa Pictured Rocks > Mild Iowa Wall
 49
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Jugular Pictured Rocks > Mild Iowa Wall
 49
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Schoolio Pictured Rocks > Ice Cave Wall
 46
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Over The Counter Pictured Rocks > Shiprock
 49
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Sport
Virgin Lemonade Pictured Rocks > Wild Iowa Wall
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hope for a Boner Pictured Rocks > A Wall
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Three Strikes No Balls Pictured Rocks > Comic Gallery
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Silk Road Pictured Rocks > Shiprock
 37
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tazmanian Devil Pictured Rocks > Comic Gallery
 34
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Liberal Tendencies Ozark Wildlife… > Hoot Bluff
 19
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bird in Hand Pictured Rocks > Wild Iowa Wall
 31
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Flash Pictured Rocks > Comic Gallery
 38
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
C N Red Indian Bluffs > Mother Wall
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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