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Devil's Backbone Rock Climbing 

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The Devil's Backbone is a large ridge of limestone in the center of the park. At it's narrowest the ridge is about 15 feet wide. The West side is up to 80 feet tall. The East side is up to 50 feet tall. You can access climbs from the base on the West side or from the ridge top for the West and East sides. The bulk of the really good climbs are found on this ridge.

Getting There 

There is a pull out at the bottom of the West side. There is also a pull out at the Backbone trail head.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 5.2 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Devil's Backbone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Devil's Backbone:
Herniated Disk   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Backbone East
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Featured Route For Devil's Backbone
Rock Climbing Photo: Compound Fracture

Compound Fracture 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Iowa : Backbone State Park : ... : Backbone East
Face climb to the right of Herniated Disk. Northern most climb....[more]   Browse More Classics in Iowa

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