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DescriptionA large basalt bluff in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest. Many routes has grown over with Lichen, but the area is home to possibly the best sport route west of Marquette. No camping allowed.
Silver Mountain, a dark mysterious wall located deep in the recess of the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness-the heart of the Upper Peninsula. One must make the journey down forested gravel roads, out of sight from the small coastal town below, deep into mosquito country, deep into the dark woods full of hunting shacks and hermits. Deep into your next adventure.
The season here is technically year-round, as there is ice that forms for midwinter bliss, but the road is not plowed and either a long ski, a quick sled ride or, for fuck’s sake, a miserable snowshoe is needed…
In reality, the spring and the summer are par, but autumn is the time to climb here. The spring can be muddy and wet with the lake effect snows only beginning to melt out by April. Summer can be lovely in the shaded woods as far as temps and humidity go for the upper Midwest, but god awful brutal when it comes to the flying insect population. Bring a head net to climb in, a bug suit to belay in, and a screen tent to party in. It’s the only way to survive the onslaught. There are black flies, mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and other bird-like biting creatures salivating for your blood.
Autumn: heaven in the Upper Peninsula they say, beautiful autumnal colors, sending temps for your proj, and no bugs because the first frost just killed them all. September and October are the two months worth making a plan, conspiring with your belay slave, and tying in at Silver Mountain.
Getting ThereFrom the north:
Find M38 from Baraga to Ontonagon, head south on Silver Mountain road, just west of the Sturgeon River. Turn right at the junction of 193 (NF-2270) until NF 922 splits right again. There are signs posted the whole way. A quick left after the turn before the main parking area, there is a dirt two track heading off left, take this, park at the turnaround and walk Northish into the woods for 300 meters along the trail. You are now at the base of the cliff.
From the south:
Locate M28 from Bruce Crossing to Covington. Just west of Covington, turn north on Plains Road. Turn left on Gorge Cutoff Road (NF-2243) until you turn left again on NF2240 at the stop sign. At the next junction, turn right on Sturgeon Gorge road (NF-2200). Your next turn will be a left on NF 2270 where you will see signs for Silver Mountain. Drive through the gorge for a few miles and turn left onto NF 922 for a split second. Half way between the junction and the main parking area, there is a dirt two track heading off left, take this. Park at the turnaround and walk into the woods for 300 meters along the trail. You are now at the base of the cliff.
Classic Climbing Routes at Silver Mountain
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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