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 2 Suggestions
Admins: jon jugenheimer, Paul Peppin, John Miller

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 routes)
- 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.

For more information contact Down Wind Sports

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