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Elevation: 1,155 ft 352 m
GPS: 43.42221, -89.73677
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Shared By: Doug Hemken on Nov 8, 2009
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V-easy 3
 100
Trust Fund Slab
Boulder
V0 4
 116
Super Slab
Boulder
V0 4 X
 25
Big Red
Boulder
V3-4 6A+ PG13
 12
Happy-Go Highball
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 50
Mixed Emotion
Boulder
V4 6B
 108
P.Stachio
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 33
Smooth Operator
Boulder
V6 7A
 63
Jenga
Boulder
V6 7A
 68
Magnum PI
Boulder
V7- 7A+ PG13
 14
Castle in the Sky
Boulder
V7 7A+
 43
Tunder Tighs
Boulder
V7 7A+
 26
Gom Jabbar
Boulder
V7+ 7A+
 58
What Up Weasel
Boulder
V9- 7C
 22
Fat Raccoon Sit aka Skinny Raccoon
Boulder
V9 7C PG13
 10
Fearful Symmetry
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Trust Fund Slab W Bluff South > 08. Hogleg/Anchorpoint
 100
V-easy 3 Boulder
Super Slab W Bluff Central > Super Slab Area
 116
V0 4 Boulder
Big Red W Bluff North > … > 3. Big Red > Big Red
 25
V0 4 X Boulder
Happy-Go Highball W Bluff North > … > 6. Happy Go Hi… > Happy Go Highball
 12
V3-4 6A+ PG13 Boulder
Mixed Emotion W Bluff North > … > 2. Fat Raccoon > Mixed Emotion
 50
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
P.Stachio W Bluff Central > Stache (aka Dog Walk)…
 108
V4 6B Boulder
Smooth Operator W Bluff North > W Bluff North,… > 1. Smooth Operator Area
 33
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
Jenga W Bluff Central > Jenga
 63
V6 7A Boulder
Magnum PI W Bluff Central > Stache (aka Dog Walk)…
 68
V6 7A Boulder
Castle in the Sky W Bluff North > … > 4. Peaches & C… > Castle in the Sky
 14
V7- 7A+ PG13 Boulder
Tunder Tighs W Bluff North > … > 7. Massive Ver… > Prow (aka Tunder Tighs)
 43
V7 7A+ Boulder
Gom Jabbar W Bluff North > … > 4. Gom Jabbar > Gom Jabbar
 26
V7 7A+ Boulder
What Up Weasel W Bluff North > W Bluff North,… > 1. Smooth Operator Area
 58
V7+ 7A+ Boulder
Fat Raccoon Sit aka Skinny… W Bluff North > … > 2. Fat Raccoon > Fat Racoon
 22
V9- 7C Boulder
Fearful Symmetry W Bluff North > … > 7. Massive Ver… > Fearful Symmetry
 10
V9 7C PG13 Boulder
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