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Sand Castle T,TR WI4-
Type: Trad, TR, Ice, 40 ft
FA: Old School or Altay & Schroeder 02/07/15
Page Views: 325 total · 9/month
Shared By: James Schroeder on Feb 8, 2015
Admins: Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE

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Description

When properly formed, Sand Castle forms an incredibly thick and relatively steep pillar. It is one of the better and bigger routes in the park.

Location

Located in the park itself at Pictured Rock Cave.

GPS Coordinates for Base/Getting There

Coordinates: 42.976667,-91.129253

Getting There: Drive into the main part of the park and follow the signs for the boat landing. Park at the boat landing (it would be easier to access from Homestead Campground, but it doesn't appear that this is plowed in the winter). From the boat landing walk up the road past the point where the trail crosses the road, and continue further along the road until you see signs for the Sugar Maple Nature Trail as it runs parallel to the road. Leave the road here, but do not follow the trail. Instead continue southeast into a major drainage and follow it uphill to the point where it divides. At this point you should be able to see the railings for a trail near the head of the left fork of the drainage. Follow the left fork uphill to the base of the route.

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Doug Hemken
Madison, WI
Doug Hemken   Madison, WI  
This is the Pictured Rock Cave waterfall.

The Sugar Maple Nature trail crosses the top of this pillar, and a spur trail comes in to the base. It would be worth hiking back out on the trail, just for the terrific views of the Mississippi River valley!

The quickest access is to strap on your crampons and walk up the creek along the route that James describes, if the creek is frozen.

If there is not too much snow, you can pull off the side of the road at the upper trailhead, hike in along the creek and back out along the trail. Jan 6, 2018

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