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Bird-Foot Buttress

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
American Dream Roof T 
Face Value T,TR 
Hard Nose TR 
Left Turkey Foot T,TR 
Little Bird TR 
Mother and Apple Pie T,TR 
Pay Off T,TR 
Procto Pete and the Endos TR 
Right Turkey Foot T,TR 
Sick Vulture TR 
Squeeze Play T,TR 

Bird-Foot Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.41269, -89.70663 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Doug Hemken on Oct 1, 2007
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High in the woods west of the Quarry, this is probably the best known outcrop in the area, largely because the American Dream Roof is such an unusual problem for the Lake. There are several other nice, moderate routes around the corner to the left. However the descriptions given in Swarting veer toward the contrived (i.e. "avoid using the lower right corner"), which I find aesthetically unsatisfying (I guess I'm more of a mountaineer than a boulderer). If you are willing to ignore the rules, there are at least 4-5 fun routes here.

Getting There 

The easiest approach is possibly to hike up from the group camp area. See the notes to the West of the Quarry section. However, the *most common* approach is to up the CCC trail, head back into the woods to the East Bluff Woods trail, and hike east through a gap and up to the next hilltop. See the beta photo for where to dive into the woods.

Climbing Season

For the East Bluff 03 - West of the Quarry area.

Weather station 3.8 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bird-Foot Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bird-Foot Buttress:
Face Value   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 50'   
American Dream Roof   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   
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Featured Route For Bird-Foot Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan climbing this face, summer 2015

Face Value 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13  Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : ... : Bird-Foot Buttress
Starts with a desperate crimpy boulder problem to a horizontal around 16+ feet off the ground. From here, go more or less straight up the face with heroic moves on jugs and edges. We did not use the right arete....[more]   Browse More Classics in Wisconsin

Photos of Bird-Foot Buttress Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder below Birdfoot.
BETA PHOTO: Boulder below Birdfoot.
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the slight turn off on your right as you h...
BETA PHOTO: This is the slight turn off on your right as you h...
Rock Climbing Photo: Vinny on ADR Direct.
Vinny on ADR Direct.

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By Tradiban
Jul 24, 2009
In my opinion the best approach to Birdfoot is to park at the lot on Hwy DL on the north side of the park, walk the flat access road straight south to the T intersection with the Ice Age trail, head east for a couple of hundred yards and you will see a tree on your right with a yellow tag on it, head into the woods there and walk south, trending left .1mi and you will be at the top of Birdfoot.
MUCH easier than a slog up the talus slope, albeit longer this approach is much more pleasant, especially with summer foliage. Total of 1.3mi walk.

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