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High Cliff State Park Rock Climbing 

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Location: 44.1565, -88.2929 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: jon jugenheimer on Nov 20, 2006
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High Cliff sunset over a frozen Lake Winnebago...


This area is a west facing limestone cliff ranging from 20 to 35 feet tall in High Cliff State park. Routes are top roped from trees above. Cracks and ledges on face climbs are all over the cliff with some interesting overhanging areas. An ok place to climb on an afternoon as well as doing some drytooling. Rock can be wet and muddy in cracks in the early season.

Admin note: "Parts of High Cliff are included in the dnr's State Natural Area program so please respect that and do not climb in areas that are signed as State Natural Areas."

Getting There 

From Appleton take hwy 10 east to hwy 114 east. go south where the road sign tells you to go south and into the park (need a sticker). the climbs are located along the entire cliff line. best areas are just west of the campground

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.6 miles from here

72 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',38],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in High Cliff State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for High Cliff State Park:
An Appropriate Name   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 18'   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
Harappan Civilization   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
Calm like a Bomb   V4 6B     Boulder   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
Star Destroyer    V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   North Side : Star Destroyer Boulder
The Overhang   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
Sexytime Traverse   V7 7A+     Boulder, 120'   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
Formidable Forecast   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 15'   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
Eight Ball Corner Pocket (Flake Route)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 35'   North Side : A. Red Bird Statue Area
5.8 Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   North Side : A. Red Bird Statue Area
Tower Arete   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 35'   C. The Stairs and Tower Are... : The Stairway Tower
The Traverse of the Gods   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V3 6A     Boulder   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
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Featured Route For High Cliff State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: At the end holding the swing.

King of the Swingers V8 7B  Wisconsin : High Cliff State Park : ... : The Bulge
Start sitting on a large flat ledge and work your way up too a long lock off out of horizontal roof, gain the large pocket and continue to climb out the roof on geometric block holds and top out at the crack at the lip of the prow....[more]   Browse More Classics in Wisconsin

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Sunlight filtering in through the trees late.
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Welcome to High Cliff..

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By Ed Wright
May 14, 2006
A couple buddies and I climbed here in 1984 and '85--we climbed over 80 routes all from the ground up with no previous inspection or cleaning. We also did a handful of routes on top-rope. We did find a few old pitons here and there. It's a great little area and has nice camping and a nice beach frequented by babes from Appleton and Oshkosh.
By Peter Dodge
From: Duluth, MN
Dec 12, 2007
I have made a guide for a lot of the climbing at High Cliff. It isn't anything major, but it will give you a lot of the popular areas and routes. E-mail me if you would like a copy and I will send one to you.
By george reynolds
Jul 6, 2009
Has anyone ever contacted the DNR to see if it would be ok to bolt lines here. I think that alot of the routes could be climbed more safely with bolts and even open up options where a TR is hard or impossible to set. Just a question this is not something that I would think about doing if it was not allowed.
By Peter Dodge
From: Duluth, MN
Jul 31, 2009
Bolting has been small talk with high cliff climbers for several years. No one has really stepped up to make the next move.

Generally, the rock is very chossy and shallow, this makes most people hesitant of the bolts. Two bolts were at high cliff a long time ago, but they have since been removed (also a long time ago) because of the above reason.

I personally think the reserve area would be a perfect place to bolt... but that's just me.
By george reynolds
Jul 31, 2009
I have not been to the reserve before but I will be sure to check it out soon. It would be nice to set up some test bolts somewhere to find out what would work best. Could you pm with anymore information you might think usefull, and id like to get a copy of your guide.
By george reynolds
Sep 9, 2009
I was recently in touch with the park manager at High Cliff and found out that the park is a designated state natural are which means that no alteration to the rock is allowed so no bolting is allowed anywhere in the park.
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Jul 10, 2011
Thanks to Paul Campbell who will be reordering the problems from left to right.
By Zach.Moore
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jun 11, 2012
Can someone add these GPS Coordinates?


Edit: Awesome! Thanks for the timely addition.
By Tito Krull
Oct 13, 2012
there are so many routes not posted on here that are totally rad climbs, come on people lets get to work, haha with that said its getting cold outside and i'm gonna climb before the end of season, so whos ever down for high cliff soon call me (920)250-1621 peace
By Rico McGeeko
From: Larsen, WI
Aug 19, 2013
Did a few routes here yesterday only to find they're not on the page yet. Will have to go back, take some more pictures, and map the routes. Area is about 1/2 way between B & C on the map under a lookout on the Red Bird trail, directly out from a park map.
By Josh Bochniak
From: Green Bay, WI
Oct 11, 2013
Hey all, just moved from New York in August and got to spend a couple of hours at High Cliff yesterday. Looking forward to exploring more things out there.

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