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Shared By: Bobby Hebel on Jun 3, 2008
Admins: Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, chris tregge
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Ledge Park offers great views of the rolling countryside from atop the Niagara Escarpment's limestone bluffs.  But for rock climbers, observing a couple distant grazing cows is uninteresting, unimportant, and unoriginal.  We prefer to gaze in the complete opposite direction from the cornfields at a rock face, inches away from our noses while we grunt and claw our way up the cliff.  But whether you enjoy the former or the latter, this park has enough activities for anyone.  Take in the fresh air and beautiful Wisconsin landscape, hike among the chossy ledges, toss some horseshoes, spike a volleyball, hit up the playgrounds for a little nostalgia, and stay a night or two.  And, you know, climb rocks.
As previously mentioned, the rock here is limestone with most of the climbable spots being average quality (with exceptions).  Some climbable walls are the perfect height for bouldering or a little short, and some toe the line between a highball and a toprope - the bouldering potential here outweighs the number of quality topropes.  Most problems range from V1 to V4; it's hard to find difficult problems here since there is often a ledge halfway up and numerous feet to choose from.  Even when considering that the star ratings are relative/specific to Ledge Park, there is low potential for 4-star routes due to the overall average quality of rock.  Do not let this discourage you however, as this is the closest outdoor bouldering for dedicated lakeshore climbers and worth the drive.  There is still potential for new route development, so get out there with a brush, gloves, and bug spray.
Please be respectful of other park enjoyers; keep the music volume low, pack out all of your trash, and brush your tick marks before leaving.  You can even pick up rogue trash from other disrespectful users if you feel so inclined - it's a constant battle to collect energy drink cans and empty Swisher Sweets packages.  There are garbage and recycling dumpsters south (downhill) of the "Scenic Overlook" parking lot.

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Getting There

All of the climbing areas are most easily accessed by taking a right at the first fork, driving past the office (speed bump), and parking at either the "Ledge Rocks Hiking Trail" or "Scenic Overlook" parking lots.  The left fork leads to a lower road with a small pond and a turnaround.


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James Schroeder
Sauk County, WI
James Schroeder   Sauk County, WI  
Looks sweet John Jun 3, 2008
John W. Knoernschild   Wisconsin
Hope to see you there James. Jun 3, 2008
Nice Find! Jul 3, 2008
Nathan E
Nathan E   Yosemite
We did some climbing around here when we were desperate, and I've read that others did a while ago. I remember a really short tower with a rap from a tree branch. I believe UW did/does their final trip for the rappelling course here too. Jul 14, 2008
Andy N.
Milwaukee, WI
Andy N.   Milwaukee, WI
Wow, all the comments here are over 5 years old. This area is still relatively untouched and unknown. I just discovered this area recently, and during Memorial Day weekend there were kids running around and exploring, but no serious climbers.

With a handful of exceptions, much of the rock is in pretty tough shape, either enveloped in moss or falling apart. That said, with some care and a bit of cleaning, there are a few select areas with top-rope potential towards the north of the park — adjacent to the camping area — and at least a dozen undiscovered/unestablished boulder problems.

I'm living ~15 min away for the next 3 months; some new lines should be popping up on here soon. May 25, 2014
Winston-Salem, NC
Schulb72   Winston-Salem, NC
Being only 47 minutes from Milwaukee's Zoo Interchange it gives us Milwaukee folks something to play on.

This place is rough, dirty and virtually undeveloped but counter that with easy access, minimal travel time and a few good routes/problems and it begs the question: why not?

Climbing here is not officially banned nor promoted so keep a low profile. Most visitors are friendly and curious, but park staff may not be. May 25, 2014
Silent Destroyer
Appleton, WI
Silent Destroyer   Appleton, WI
Been out here cleaning and uncovering some really good problems with a ton of potential for harder stuff too me and my climbing partner will be out here the next few Saturdays if anyone wants to come out and join the brush party Jul 23, 2014
I stopped by this Park for a quick hike, check out the climbing for the future and to do some photography while on my way to West Bend. There is a lot of chossy rock but there is also quite a bit of good rock hidden under the moss. If there is anyone who is still interested in cleaning up part of this area I would be game for helping out for an afternoon or two! Might need to wait a few weeks, as some of the gullies are still a bit Icy. Mar 23, 2018
meulendykej Meulendyke
Milwaukee, WI
meulendykej Meulendyke   Milwaukee, WI
Hey Lizz, did you get any takers? May 23, 2018
Patrick Landis
Milwaukee, WI
Patrick Landis   Milwaukee, WI
Anybody interested in cleaning these routes up this year? I’m available evenings and work in Oconomowoc, so it’s not too far of a drive from here. I was just there yesterday and it looks untouched. Moss everywhere and absolutely no chalk. I definitely see the potential, though. 15 hours ago · Temporary Report