Elevation: 1,050 ft
GPS: 47.353, -88.335 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Big-Time-Small-Timer on Jul 12, 2009 with updates from Ridge Roamers and 1 other
Admins: jon jugenheimer, Paul Peppin

Description

Secluded, 20-150+ ft. grey basalt cliff outcroppings. Awesome climbing experience in the isolated Keweenaw Peninsula. Great beginner crags and a handful of classics for the seasoned vet. Be aware of the private property boundaries along Cliff Drive. Watch for poison ivy and ticks. These two nasties are not pervasive but present. Loose dogs can get skunked, porcupined, or picked up by the sheriff. Some of the approaches and/or climbs might be vegetated due to a lack of traffic. Fall colors are amazing. Hopefully the Aurora Borealis will put on a show if you're camping in the Keweenaw.

  • Guidebook for this area exists - Published in the past by Michigan Technological University - Ridge Roamers Climbing Club; "Climber's Guide to the Keweenaw".
  • If someone is/knows the First Ascent parties please contact Big-Time-Small-Timer.

There are approximately 66 known and documented routes at Cliff Drive.

Areas are listed in order as you would come across them driving northeast along Cliff Dr.

- Ice Fall Area (19 routes)
- Diamond Block (3 routes)
- Overkill Roof (Unknown)
- Brave Words Block (2 routes)
- Free to Roam Block (1 route)
- J.C. Area (17 routes)
- Obsession Area (20 rotues)
- Tower Area (4 routes)

Getting There

Head to da U.P. eh! From Houghton, drive north on US 41 past Calumet and into Ahmeek to a left turn onto Cliff Drive. Hiking approach time 15-40 minutes, depending on going to the base or top of climbs/cliffband. Make sure to park as best you can off the road and not be a traffic hazard.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 3
Catholic Girls
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 7
J.C. Superstar
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Obsession
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Obsession Direct
Trad, Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Shit Hooks
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Attack of the Killer Bees
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Rated P.G.
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Catholic Girls
 3
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a TR
J.C. Superstar
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Obsession
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Obsession Direct
 4
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport, TR
Shit Hooks
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Attack of the Killer Bees
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Rated P.G.
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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Madison, wi
Bobrunning Running   Madison, wi
There is very nice climbing in Keweenaw County. I recommend stopping by Downwind sports in Houghton MI. I stopped there and they were very helpful. They have a printed guide for the area. It will make your climbing experience much easier. The pictures are hand drawn. It will help you find the crag and routes. While you are at Downwind sports purchase something, say thanks. Jun 2, 2010
are there any active Keweenaw climbers here that can get me some updated information to help make this section more up to date? Nov 14, 2011
First off, this shoulden’t even be posted without the first thing being said, Cliff drive is not actually open for climbing. No bolting and minimal chalk has been the local ethic since it was first climbed and the long time locals want it to stay that way. Online pictures and videos should not be posted. Yes, there needs to be discussion moving forward to address this access issue, but the cliffs are closed to climbing. Posting anything other than this could lead to trouble. Yes, there are many routes missing and I’d be happy to help, and update the FA info for these climbs. Sorry to sound harsh, but it’s the reality of this crag at the moment. Respect... Feb 8, 2019