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Routes in Silver Mountain

Between a Block and a Hard Place S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Buck Angel Crack T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Carpe Dildo T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crack Debit or Credit S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Don't Worry, Bzzz Happy S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Large Crack, The T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mosquito Bait V4 6B
Resurrection T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Single Bolt slab T 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c X
Sneaking Past the Guard V5 6C
Sport Route, The S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
That Shitty Mossy Crack T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Welcome to the 906 S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
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Elevation: 1,218 ft
GPS: 46.662, -88.838 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: AJ Smith on Apr 26, 2011
Admins: jon jugenheimer, Paul Peppin
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A 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.

Climbing Season
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 There

From 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.

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climbing2man Dispensa
Harrogate, TN
climbing2man Dispensa   Harrogate, TN
There are tons of more routes here! They are just not logged online. Two awesome. Multi-pitch routes are also here at Silver! Sep 10, 2014
jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
This place is a gem for the Midwest! Get there, climb and help keep the routes clean! Sep 23, 2015
Mike Robinson
Boulder, CO
Mike Robinson   Boulder, CO
I'll second Jon's comment. Quite a gem of a crag with a bunch of quality routes for people driving thru or trying to make a weekend out of it. A bit buggy in the spring and we all pulled ticks off of us... But that's all apart of da YOOP experience huh? May 31, 2016
jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
I just learned that Paul and Liz, long time developers at Silver will be updating this MP page soon as well as releasing a printed guide on or before the Climb UP fest this September. Great news as this place is deserving of a proper, up to date, error free guide for us climbers to all enjoy! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and see this database updated as well. Jul 12, 2016
Paul Peppin
Marquette, MI
Paul Peppin   Marquette, MI  
We've been slacking on the guide due to all the developing we've been doing. Pdf guide soon. MP will be updated as well. Truly sorry for the wait!!! Wait till you see what we've really got up here! We've got a game changer for the Midwest. Sep 11, 2016
Any new info???? Jul 6, 2017
The gps coordinates are inaccurate. Use the summit post location. Nov 22, 2017

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