Elevation: 1,155 ft
GPS: 43.422, -89.737 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Doug Hemken on Nov 8, 2009
Admins: Ian CB, Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, chris tregge

Description

Bouldering areas on the West Bluff, the hill situated above the western shore of Devil's Lake.  The vast majority of the bouldering is on the boulders scattered over the east-facing slope, above Devils Lake.  This big area is covered by numerous boulder fields, some open and sunny, others shaded with trees and sometimes dense undergrowth.

The area is bounded below by Devils Lake and the Tumbled Rocks trail along the shoreline.  It is bounded above by the West Bluff trail.  There are a few well-defined user trails in between, but these can be very steep and often end in boulder fields, not connecting through.

  • South - the south end begins at the southwest boat ramp parking area, and extends north to the vicinity of Anchorpoint and the Great Tower.
  • Central - the central section begins north of Anchorpoint and extends north to the foot of the Slant Boulder Field, including everything beneath the West Rampart.
  • North - the north end begins at the first parking area inside the North Entrance, near the Nature Center, and extends south to the foot of the Slant Boulder Field
  • Fire Road - on the west slope of the West Bluff.  These boulders lie both north and south of the service road which connects South Shore Road and the West Bluff Trail.

Getting There

See specific directions for each area.

Most of the boulders are accessed from the Tumbled Rocks trail along the base of the bluff.  You can park at the South Shore boat ramp (the southwest corner of the Lake) and hike north, passing the private cottages.  Or you can park at the North Shore and hike south.

Alternatively, you can walk up the Fire Road from the South Shore Road (actually, from west of the West Bluff), passing the Fire Road Boulders, and come down into the other areas from above.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Bluff

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V-easy 3
 58
Trust Fund Slab
Boulder
V0 4
 65
Super Slab
Boulder
V0 4 X
 19
Big Red
Boulder
V1 5
 35
A Slab Called Spot
Boulder
V3 6A
 51
Intercourse Arete
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 27
Mixed Emotion
Boulder
V4 6B
 48
Recreational Vehicle
Boulder
V4 6B
 10
Double Elephant
Boulder
V4 6B
 56
P.Stachio
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 19
Smooth Operator
Boulder
V5 6C
 39
Moo Stache
Boulder
V6 7A
 43
Jenga
Boulder
V6 7A
 36
Magnum PI
Boulder
V7 7A+
 25
Tunder Tighs
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 37
What Up Weasel
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Trust Fund Slab W Bluff South > 08. Hogleg/Anchorpoint
 58
V-easy 3 Boulder
Super Slab W Bluff Central > Super Slab Area
 65
V0 4 Boulder
Big Red W Bluff North > … > 3. Big Red > Big Red
 19
V0 4 X Boulder
A Slab Called Spot W Bluff North > W Bluff North,… > 2. Fat Raccoon
 35
V1 5 Boulder
Intercourse Arete W Bluff South > 08. Hogleg/Anchorpoint
 51
V3 6A Boulder
Mixed Emotion W Bluff North > W Bluff North,… > 2. Fat Raccoon
 27
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Recreational Vehicle W Bluff South > 08. Hogleg/Anchorpoint
 48
V4 6B Boulder
Double Elephant W Bluff South > 03. Double Elephant
 10
V4 6B Boulder
P.Stachio W Bluff Central > Stache (aka Dog Walk)…
 56
V4 6B Boulder
Smooth Operator W Bluff North > W Bluff North,… > 1. Smooth Operator Area
 19
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
Moo Stache W Bluff Central > Stache (aka Dog Walk)…
 39
V5 6C Boulder
Jenga W Bluff Central > Jenga
 43
V6 7A Boulder
Magnum PI W Bluff Central > Stache (aka Dog Walk)…
 36
V6 7A Boulder
Tunder Tighs W Bluff North > … > 7. Massive Ver… > Prow (aka Tunder Tighs)
 25
V7 7A+ Boulder
What Up Weasel W Bluff North > W Bluff North,… > 1. Smooth Operator Area
 37
V7-8 7B Boulder
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