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Areas in Backbone State Park

Backbone Trail area 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Cake Walk and Razor Wall 1 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Devil's Backbone 8 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Drive In Wall 5 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Elevation: 1,048 ft
GPS: 42.614, -91.563 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ash Burton on Jun 11, 2009 with updates from J. Stark
Admins: J. Stark
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Description

During the summer, very thick vegetation makes it difficult to see more than 10 feet into the woods, but there's quite a bit of rock to explore here. Some good rocks to boulder, TR and difficult cracks for trad.

Climbers must register to climb at the SOUTH ENTRANCE park office.

Be advised, the DNR website as well as the signage around the park says the office is near the eastern gate, but it has moved to the south gate.

Getting There

Just south of Strawberry Point, IA.

See the official site for more detail:
iowadnr.gov/parks/state_par…

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Kaner
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Kaner   Eagle
If anyone knows names of rocks or routes, history, more info, please advise. Thanks. Jun 11, 2009
Kaner
Eagle
Kaner   Eagle
Admins- Please allow Ash to do a proper write up for Backbone. Nov 10, 2010
Bill McKirgan
Cedar Rapids, IA
Bill McKirgan   Cedar Rapids, IA
Ash Burton can edit the Backbone State Park pages.

Sorry so late in replying to your request. Dec 7, 2013
Tyler Vaughan
Glenwood Springs, CO
Tyler Vaughan   Glenwood Springs, CO
Is bolting prohibited in the park? Dec 25, 2013
J. Stark
Iowa
J. Stark   Iowa  
That is correct, Tyler. Dec 25, 2013
G Man  
Has anyone really explored the bouldering here? Dec 10, 2015
AKSClimbs
Illinois/UAE
AKSClimbs   Illinois/UAE
Greg, I am thinking of checking it out soon if you're in the area. May 20, 2016
What is the standard rack for the area? I don't have anything bigger than a BD C4 #3. Would that work for most routes that say "SR" in backbone? Oct 17, 2016
In the mid 90's working with B&B mountaineering, and later with my own group, Far Reach mountaineering we put up and named most of the climbs in Backbone. The drive in was my name and a few others. Spinal tap was a route on the backbone however. Well times change. I'm just happy to see climbers still go to backbone. Lots of fun. I haven't been there in about 10 years but gonna go this year. Apr 28, 2018

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