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Areas in Michigan

Kalamazoo Buildering 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Adam,John,and Chris boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Battle Creek 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Charlotte 0 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County 16 / 3 / 17 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28
D, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Grand Ledge 0 / 0 / 49 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 60
Hungarian Falls 3 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Little Huron River Range 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Marquette 30 / 18 / 40 / 20 / 8 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 87
Michigamme 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Munising 4 / 0 / 13 / 0 / 29 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 29
Norwich Ledge 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 7
Red Ridge 4 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Rockport 7 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Royal Oak Cracks 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Section 18 7 / 2 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 16
Silver Mountain 6 / 5 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Sturgeon River Gorge (Canyon Falls) 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 1,197 ft
GPS: 44.402, -84.683 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Drew B. on Feb 27, 2008 with updates
Admins: jon jugenheimer, Jason Schneider

Mishigama, the large water state

To the outside community, Michigan is NOT known for its rock climbing, but it is known to its locals. With enough rock climbing to hold us over for Kentucky, Arkansas, California and beyond, climbers are able to enjoy what Michigan has to offer. Michigan is more known for its ice climbing in Munising.

Grand Ledge is the only known area in the Lower Peninsula to have any outdoor climbing. (see Grand Ledge page)

Munising/Picture Rocks is home to hundreds of frozen drip and Michigan's Ice Fest (www.downwindsports.com)

The Upper Peninsula holds Michigan's best rock climbing. With its hidden rock bands, hard to find boulders, and still to be discovered routes you will most likely be the only one out there. There are over 300 hundred routes and countless boulder problems to be played on.

For more beta in the Upper Peninsula: contact Down Wind Sports in Houghton or Marquette.

Guide Book: The Marquette County Guide is currently being rewritten and expanded to cover the whole Upper Peninsula. If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to Jason at japosc@mac.com

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jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
Mike,
There is only one outdoor spot to climb in southern MI and it is called Grand Ledge. TR and bouldering is what 99.9% of what every climber does there. There is a page here with the route info, otherwise Fixed Pin publishing has a free guidebook download on their website as well. Jan 14, 2017
mike varlotta
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
mike varlotta   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
My son and I are going to be passing through the midwest this July on our quest to climb in all 50 states... Can anyone recommend the best place to go in Southern Michigan for a day of climbing? Preferably leading (sport or trad), but bouldering or top-roping would be ok, too.

I am considering driving further north to sample the best rock Michigan has to offer. Can somebody recommend the best few areas to visit in the upper peninsula. I am interested in the combination of quality rock and beautiful areas that someone new to the area can figure out on their own in a couple days. Jan 13, 2017
Looking go hit up MI Upper April 3rd to 5th, never climbed in the area and would love to catch up with someone who knows the routes. I know it'll be cold, but definitely hoping for a warm enough day to do a lil more than bouldering. Any suggestions on must do areas? Im a 5.11/v4 Climber but ima have a newer Climber with me. Mar 18, 2016
rich magner
Joshua Tree,CA
rich magner   Joshua Tree,CA
I am more than delighted to see climbs going up/being posted. As a Michigan Expat. I look forward to checking these out next time I visit the motherland. Apr 18, 2013
Juggler  
To All Chicago Area Climbers(South suburbs):

I am looking for partners to go to MI climbing and other locations(Jackson Falls, DL, The Red, Grand Dads, etc) with.

I have an Airplane and can fly us there. Please send me a PM if you want more details and the cost of sharing the flight expenses. Hope to meet a few of you soon. I can fit up to 4 climbers with me in the Cherokee 6(with room for gear). LMK :) May 31, 2011
Clint C  
I'm looking to compile some sweet photos of MI, Wi, Mn, Il or any Midwest climbing for a writing project.
Please send me any you have to clateboulder@yahoo.com

Please send in a jpg low resolution format.

Appreciate it,

Climb on Dec 13, 2010
Big-Time-Small-Timer
Boulder, CO
Big-Time-Small-Timer   Boulder, CO
Check out the Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County page. Say ya to da U.P. eh! Aug 1, 2009
Brandon Snyder
Marquette MI
Brandon Snyder   Marquette MI
Climbing can be found all around the town of marquette and across the upper pinsula Mar 20, 2009
jay.kalamazoo
kalamazoo, mi
jay.kalamazoo   kalamazoo, mi
We don't have a lot of rock- but we do have some good buildering.

I encourage folks to post some of those sites up. Nov 1, 2008
There are a lot of areas in Upper Michigan that are fun to climb and worth a trip and or vacation to go climb them. It would be nice to have a page telling about them and where they are. (Or is there a conspiracy not to list any because the climbers who visit or live in Upper Michigan want to keep the great climbing a secret so they won't have to deal with the areas becoming crowded.) Aug 19, 2008

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