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DescriptionThe Central Sandstone areas are bluffs littered with boulders that rise out of the central plains of Adams County. Located between Adams-Friendship and Wisconsin Dells, are Rattlesnake Mound and Quincy Bluff Reserve. Both really cool, state owned areas, with easy access and great sandstone.
(**Quincy Bluff is actually jointly owned by the Nature Conservancy and the state, and no climbing is allowed at Quincy at this time** -Eggert)
Rattlesnake has more rock and established problems, but both areas are worth a trip. About 5 years ago, a couple tornadoes touched down right on top of Rattlesnake and threw trees all over the area. Locals along with the state cleared a lot of the windthrow. Some boulders are still covered but its not bad.
Admin note: "Parts of Rattlesnake and all of Quincy are included in the dnr's State Natural Area program so please respect that and do not climb in areas that are signed as State Natural Areas."
Quincy and at least parts of rattlesnake are state natural areas and thus closes to climbing. Please respect the ban. Details
Getting ThereA Wisconsin Atlas helps for this one:
Rattlesnake is just off of HWY 13 north of Wis Dells. If driving north, turn left onto Edgewood Dr. and continue west for a couple miles. Turn right (north) on 14th Ct, and the bluffs are just to your right. Park where you see the rock at the saddle, and hike to boulders. Boulders are scattered near both sides of each bluff. Distances are close so makes the hiking easy.
Quincy Bluff is located just south west of Rattlesnake. If heading north on Hwy 13 turn left onto County HWY H. Take H west to Evergreen Ave. Turn right and follow Evergreen to 16th Dr. Turn right here and head north. Quincy is a few miles up on your right hand side. There is a small grass parking lot with a state reserve sign ,with maps, etc. Walk the trail always staying left around to the bluff. The Main Boulder is at the far end of the rim. Boulders are scattered here.
Classic Climbing Routes at Central Sandstone
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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