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Elevation: 1,048 ft
GPS: 42.614, -91.5625
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Shared By: Ash Burton on Jun 11, 2009 · Updates
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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 Suggest change

Just south of Strawberry Point, IA.

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

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Classic Climbing Routes at Backbone State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1-2 5
 5
Red Cedar Rodeo
Boulder
V2 5+
 5
Poison Ivy
Boulder
V2 5+
 4
Toxicodendron
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 5
Wingless Moth
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 5
Poison Stoak
Boulder
V3- 6A
 5
Hot Stuff
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 4
Wicked Mittens
Boulder
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 4
Cake Walk
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 11
Stairway to Heaven
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 15
Slot Machine
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
The Razor
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 8
A-Wall
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Red Cedar Rodeo Bouldering > E Lake Trail (E… > B. Yerba Mate Wall
 5
V1-2 5 Boulder
Poison Ivy Bouldering > E Lake Trail (E… > A. Poison Ivy
 5
V2 5+ Boulder
Toxicodendron Bouldering > E Lake Trail (E… > A. Poison Ivy
 4
V2 5+ Boulder
Wingless Moth Bouldering > E lake trail (s… > E Bridge area
 5
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Poison Stoak Bouldering > E Lake Trail (E… > A. Poison Ivy
 5
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Hot Stuff Bouldering > Hot Stuff Camp Roof
 5
V3- 6A Boulder
Wicked Mittens Bouldering > E Lake Trail (E… > A. Poison Ivy
 4
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Cake Walk Top-Rope/Trad > Cake Walk & Razor Wall
 4
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad, TR
Stairway to Heaven Top-Rope/Trad > Drive In Wall
 11
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Slot Machine Top-Rope/Trad > Drive In Wall
 15
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
The Razor Top-Rope/Trad > Cake Walk & Razor Wall
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
A-Wall Top-Rope/Trad > Drive In Wall
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad, TR
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