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Marquette Mtn Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: denise 911 on Jun 20, 2008  with updates from Phil Watts


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Quartzite, about 60' Predominantly top roped but there are a number of dicy trad leads to be had as well.

Trail around the left of the rock face leads up to set up top ropes. Most set ups require static lines or long webbing to sling trees.

Getting There 

County Rd 553 south-southwest'ish from Marquette (can get onto 553 from US41 or we took McClellan south from US41/M28). Drive past the ski hill around the corner. There will be a round-dome shaped house on the left (east) side of the rd kinda tucked in the trees and a radio tower - turn left onto the dirt road immediately after the round house - park by the tower maintenance building or the next little parking area - obvious trail northeast off the 2nd parking area. - 5 min hike to base of rock

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Marquette Mtn

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Marquette Mtn:
Classic Crack   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 60'   
Five Overhangs   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR   
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Featured Route For Marquette Mtn
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber at the crux of Blade Runner.

Blade Runner 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Michigan : Marquette : Marquette Mtn
Begin under low notch, make a few moves rightward then back left on the slab up to the "Blade". Watch you fingers on the "Blade" as you move into the V-notch....[more]   Browse More Classics in Michigan

Photos of Marquette Mtn Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Early photo of Phil Watts on Right Side Roof.
Early photo of Phil Watts on Right Side Roof.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber at the crux of Blade Runner.
Climber at the crux of Blade Runner.
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading the trade route (5.8)
BETA PHOTO: Leading the trade route (5.8)

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By westy
From: Loveland, Co
Jun 22, 2008
Pretty much is good for all rates. Denise and I did a crack with a roof on a trad lead. Rock is solid but weeps with water in spots. Not much for giving beta on this one due to the fact we had no time to actually beta the route ourselves. But contact the local climbing shop and talk to them...bigtime help there.
Rock varies from 30ft to 100 ft of climbing with variations of slab, crack, roof, aretes I'd say. I would go back and do it again on the next trip out.
By Phil Watts
Sep 25, 2013
Much of the info on Marquette area rock climbing needs editorial work. Most of the early history is unknown by the individuals who have posted route info or at least not included. Other technical details are incorrect ... for example the rock at the "Marquette Mountain" crag (historically known as Cliff's Ridge Crag) is not granite, it is quartzite. What are the procedures for suggesting corrections? P Watts.
By J. Miller
Jul 1, 2017
There are many trad leads here that are not "dicey." For example, Classic Crack, Five Overhangs, and Fat Cow are all PG. I think the reported ratings here are a bit inflated, also. Classic Crack is not a 5.9 and Five Overhangs is not a 9+; I'd call it 8.

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