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Greatest Bluff Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,163'
Location: 43.42607, -89.72537 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Burt Lindquist, Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Brian Runnells on Mar 24, 2007
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Some of the only sandstone bouldering at the Lake. Fun movement on moderate problems make this a great addition to any trip to the Lake.

Rock quality is noticeably better than that of the Greatest Show boulder.

Getting There 

Park at the North Shore and follow the East Bluff Trail, walking to the top of the bluff and south, then cutting down to the east along the trail just north of Tomahawk Rock. Tomahawk Rock is just above Sunny and 60's if that landmark helps anyone.

Please do not approach along the social trail that cuts left at the cave. The Park is planning to close this section of social trail.

Climbing Season

For the East Bluff North area.

Weather station 2.8 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Greatest Bluff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Greatest Bluff:
Imp Act   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   
Gay Gigolo   V2 5+     Boulder   
Shark's Fin Arete   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 15'   
Stinky Feesh   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   
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By R.Bartelme
Jun 21, 2016
I was having trouble finding this the last time I was at DL. So would this be off the East Bluff Woods Trail? About how far from the split between the woods and the bluff trail is this?
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Jun 21, 2016
The easiest approach is not from the east bluff woods trail. Walk up the east bluff trail (from the north shore) and where the cave is and the trail goes up steps to the right you stay left and follow the secondary trail around the bluff to the left, away from the lake. You will find this bluff after maybe 5 minutes.

As with many areas at Devils Lake, you can approach from any direction, but what I posted above is the quickest IMO.

Do not follow the above advice. I edited the main description to reflect what the Park would like us to do to approach this sensitive area. See Peter's comment below this one (madisonchoss).
By madisonchoss
May 4, 2017
We are currently evaluating ways to reduce traffic (mostly non climber) on the social trail described above. For now, refrain from approaching this way by walking to the top of the bluff and cutting down to the east along the trail just north of Tomahawk Rock.
By Doug Hemken
From: Madison, WI
May 5, 2017
We'll want to put up a sign there, telling people how they *should* access these boulders.
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
May 5, 2017
It sounds like the park is planning on putting signs up. May not be "how to access the boulders" but more like "this area closed, trail goes up and right". And we can access the boulders the way now listed above.

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