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Michigan Rock Climbing 

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Climbing The Pinnacle. Presque Isle, Marquette

Mishigama, the large water state 

To the outside community, Michigan is NOT known for its rock climbing, but it is known to its locals. With enough rock climbing to hold us over for Kentucky, Arkansas, California and beyond, climbers are able to enjoy what Michigan has to offer. Michigan is more known for its ice climbing in Munising.

Grand Ledge is the only known area in the Lower Peninsula to have any outdoor climbing. (see Grand Ledge page)

Munising/Picture Rocks is home to hundreds of frozen drip and Michigan's Ice Fest (

The Upper Peninsula holds Michigan's best rock climbing. With its hidden rock bands, hard to find boulders, and still to be discovered routes you will most likely be the only one out there. There are over 300 hundred routes and countless boulder problems to be played on.

For more beta in the Upper Peninsula: contact Down Wind Sports in Houghton or Marquette.

Guide Book: The Marquette County Guide is currently being rewritten and expanded to cover the whole Upper Peninsula. If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to Jason at

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274 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',26],['3 Stars',103],['2 Stars',104],['1 Star',32],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Michigan

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Michigan:
Giddy Up   WI3-     Ice, 1 pitch   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Suck it up   WI4     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Dairyland   WI5     Ice, 150'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
HMR   WI5     Ice, 1 pitch, 160'   Munising : Grand Portal Point
Sweet Mother Moses   WI3-4     Ice, 1 pitch, 75'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
East Channel Climbs   WI4-5     Trad, TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Munising : Grand Island
The Amphitheater   WI5     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 65'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
The Dryer Hose (aka Life's a Pitch)   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
The Curtains   WI3-4     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 30'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Enigma   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Grand Ledge
Potato Chips   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Grand Ledge
Brachiator   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Grand Ledge
Doug's Roof   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 44'   Grand Ledge
Rated P.G.    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County
Rocket Man   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Grand Ledge
The Pinacle   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR   Presque Isle : The Pinacle area
Scrotum    5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Marquette : Suicide
Intimidator   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Grand Ledge
Despondecy Direct   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 30'   Grand Ledge
Ragged Edge   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     TR, 30'   Grand Ledge
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Featured Route For Michigan
Rock Climbing Photo: Location relative to Grand Portal Point

HMR WI5  Michigan : Munising : Grand Portal Point
A very spectacular route frozen to the bluff above Lake Superior. We saw a picture of this route in a guide, but it wasn't named. Top roped it by lowering in from the top 2/2012 and it was in good shape and in all the way to the water line with no shelf ice. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Michigan

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By Thomas Ferguson
Aug 19, 2008
There are a lot of areas in Upper Michigan that are fun to climb and worth a trip and or vacation to go climb them. It would be nice to have a page telling about them and where they are. (Or is there a conspiracy not to list any because the climbers who visit or live in Upper Michigan want to keep the great climbing a secret so they won't have to deal with the areas becoming crowded.)
By jay.kalamazoo
From: kalamazoo, mi
Nov 1, 2008
We don't have a lot of rock- but we do have some good buildering.

I encourage folks to post some of those sites up.
By Brandon Snyder
From: Marquette MI
Mar 20, 2009
Climbing can be found all around the town of marquette and across the upper pinsula
By Big-Time-Small-Timer
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 1, 2009
Check out the Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County page. Say ya to da U.P. eh!
By Clint C
Dec 13, 2010
I'm looking to compile some sweet photos of MI, Wi, Mn, Il or any Midwest climbing for a writing project.
Please send me any you have to

Please send in a jpg low resolution format.

Appreciate it,

Climb on
By Juggler
May 31, 2011
To All Chicago Area Climbers(South suburbs):

I am looking for partners to go to MI climbing and other locations(Jackson Falls, DL, The Red, Grand Dads, etc) with.

I have an Airplane and can fly us there. Please send me a PM if you want more details and the cost of sharing the flight expenses. Hope to meet a few of you soon. I can fit up to 4 climbers with me in the Cherokee 6(with room for gear). LMK :)
By rich magner
From: Joshua Tree,CA
Apr 18, 2013
I am more than delighted to see climbs going up/being posted. As a Michigan Expat. I look forward to checking these out next time I visit the motherland.
By Haden Bricker
Mar 18, 2016
Looking go hit up MI Upper April 3rd to 5th, never climbed in the area and would love to catch up with someone who knows the routes. I know it'll be cold, but definitely hoping for a warm enough day to do a lil more than bouldering. Any suggestions on must do areas? Im a 5.11/v4 Climber but ima have a newer Climber with me.
By mike varlotta
From: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jan 13, 2017
My son and I are going to be passing through the midwest this July on our quest to climb in all 50 states... Can anyone recommend the best place to go in Southern Michigan for a day of climbing? Preferably leading (sport or trad), but bouldering or top-roping would be ok, too.

I am considering driving further north to sample the best rock Michigan has to offer. Can somebody recommend the best few areas to visit in the upper peninsula. I am interested in the combination of quality rock and beautiful areas that someone new to the area can figure out on their own in a couple days.
By jon jugenheimer
From: Madison
Jan 14, 2017
There is only one outdoor spot to climb in southern MI and it is called Grand Ledge. TR and bouldering is what 99.9% of what every climber does there. There is a page here with the route info, otherwise Fixed Pin publishing has a free guidebook download on their website as well.

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