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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

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
Eagle
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
TylerVaughan Vaughan
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
TylerVaughan Vaughan   Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Is bolting prohibited in the park? Dec 25, 2013
J. Stark
Iowa
J. Stark   Iowa  
That is correct, Tyler. Dec 25, 2013
Has anyone really explored the bouldering here? Dec 10, 2015
Eero46  
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

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