Elevation: 884 ft
GPS: 39.117, -94.549 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Erik Pohlman on Mar 20, 2008 · Updates
Admins: Marcus Floyd, Dave Hug

Description

Climbing can be found almost in the heart of Kansas City? Too good to be true? Nope, it's there!

Along an old scenic byway, right off the road, limestone can be found. The rock tends to be smooth, forcing harder grips and improved foot technique. Perfect for training.

Summer can be hot and buggy and winter can be cold.

Getting There

From I-70, head north on Paseo. After some stoplights, the road splits. Left goes to I-29 and right becomes Cliff Drive. Follow this around a right curve and head through the gates. Veer left at the split. The cliffs are encountered on the right just before the sharp right curve.

Park across from the cliffs at one of the small pulloffs.

UPDATE:

As of March 2022, Cliff Drive (the road itself) is blocked off to vehicles - However, the climbing area can still be accessed from the top. Navigate to "Cliff Drive Climbing - Alternate Parking for Rappel" in Google maps and park on top of the hill. Make your way down a gully to the southeast of the Google Maps pin, through the disc golf course, and end up on Cliff Drive. Walk north around the bend on Cliff drive and end up at the base of the climbs! ~5 minutes.

Alternatively, from the pin, make your way into the woods to the northeast to gain access to the top of the cliffs for rappelling/TRs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at WM: Cliff Drive

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 5
Hawt Pockets
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Across the Choss
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 8
Alphonsus
Sport, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 37
Lefty
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 35
Chomping the Bit
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 5
Blimp
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 12
Malarious
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
Tattoo
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
Under Fire
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
Bovine Direct
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 6
Sea of Cheez
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 19
Malaria
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
The Bolt Route
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 6
Subtle Caress
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 3
Malarial Caress
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hawt Pockets Cliff Drive's B… > Highball Wall
 5
V1 5 Boulder
Across the Choss Big & Small Crack Are…
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Alphonsus Big & Small Crack Are…
 8
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Lefty Big & Small Crack Are…
 37
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Chomping the Bit Overhang
 35
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Blimp Fun Wall "AKA The Book"
 5
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Sport
Malarious Overhang
 12
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Tattoo Overhang
 16
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Under Fire Fun Wall "AKA The Book"
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bovine Direct Overhang
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Sea of Cheez Overhang
 6
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Malaria Overhang
 19
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Bolt Route Overhang
 7
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Subtle Caress Overhang
 6
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Malarial Caress Overhang
 3
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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