Elevation: 288 ft
GPS: 44.33, -75.741 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Cooper Uliano on Jul 15, 2020
Admins: Morgan Patterson
Access Issue: Details

Description

This area is free to visit and has great access to routes and boulders. There are many sub sections of the Indian River Lakes, some of which being "Lake of the Woods", " Butterfield Lake", "Grand Lakes Reserve"(which contains the highest concentration of climbs) among many other lakes and trails. This is a beautiful and pretty remote area not often visited, although it is very close to the town of Redwood. The rock type is thought to be a mixture of mainly Leucogranitic gneiss, and what appears to be a few outcroppings of Potsdam Sandstone. In general the cliffs are staggered along a large area, almost all of which has been unclimbed thus far and most of the land is in need of serious recon before any climbing could be done. As well, before any sort of development can or should be done a discussion should be had with the IRLC about access and regulations. Other than that, this is mainly a place for more adventurous top roping, trad climbing, and bouldering. Most of the potential routes have never seen a climber (that is known), and the place is truly untapped potential. With that being said, if you do visit, please be respectful of the area as this place has no sets of rules and regulations for climbing yet. Please follow Leave No Trace ethics.

Getting There

As the area is somewhat spread and most is unclimbed, the approach can vary based on what you want to try out. Drive to Cottage Hill Road and find Burns road. Take Burns Road to either of the Grand Lakes Reserve Parking lots(There are two, both of which are on opposite sides of the trail). Park in the second/lower lot and take the North Ridge Trail for about a mile, in which you will come to several large overlooks, the first about 10-15 approach and the second about a 15-20 minute approach, each with pretty large cliffs below. There is also "The Bowling Alley" with several highball boulders only 8 minutes down the tra.. The first overlook contains "The Good Book" and "Shark Fin Flake", as well as others. The second overlook contains boulders "Bird Call" all the way to "Juniper's Crack". There is cliff base access by going either to the right or the left of the first major overlook, and to the left of the second overlook(when looking out over the overlook). From there it is mainly free reign on untouched rock! There are also many smaller cliffs along the trail that also have some potential, as well as lots of bouldering abound. There are quite a few boulders, mostly friction slabs and not much overhanging. Again please respect the area as it is new and undeveloped, and a conversation with the IRLC about access has not happened yet.

Tick Warning

This place, especially in the grassy fields near the cliffs, is a safe haven for ticks of all stages. If you bring a dog, check your dog thoroughly. Check yourself and your friends too. These guys are everywhere, so if your shoe touched grass,  assume you have one.

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