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L to R R to L Alpha
Between a Block and a Hard Place S 
Buck Angel Crack T 
Carpe Dildo T 
Crack Debit or Credit S 
Don't Worry, Bzzz Happy S 
Large Crack, The T 
Mosquito Bait 
Resurrection (historically known as "Hooters") T 
Single Bolt slab T 
Sneaking Past the Guard 
Sport Route, The S 
That Shitty Mossy Crack T 
Welcome to the 906 S 
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Silver Mountain Rock Climbing 

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A large basalt bluff in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest. Many routes has grown over with Lichen, but the area is home to possibly the best sport route west of Marquette. No camping allowed.

Silver Mountain, a dark mysterious wall located deep in the recess of the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness-the heart of the Upper Peninsula. One must make the journey down forested gravel roads, out of sight from the small coastal town below, deep into mosquito country, deep into the dark woods full of hunting shacks and hermits. Deep into your next adventure.

Climbing Season
The season here is technically year-round, as there is ice that forms for midwinter bliss, but the road is not plowed and either a long ski, a quick sled ride or, for fuck’s sake, a miserable snowshoe is needed…
In reality, the spring and the summer are par, but autumn is the time to climb here. The spring can be muddy and wet with the lake effect snows only beginning to melt out by April. Summer can be lovely in the shaded woods as far as temps and humidity go for the upper Midwest, but god awful brutal when it comes to the flying insect population. Bring a head net to climb in, a bug suit to belay in, and a screen tent to party in. It’s the only way to survive the onslaught. There are black flies, mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and other bird-like biting creatures salivating for your blood.
Autumn: heaven in the Upper Peninsula they say, beautiful autumnal colors, sending temps for your proj, and no bugs because the first frost just killed them all. September and October are the two months worth making a plan, conspiring with your belay slave, and tying in at Silver Mountain.

Getting There 

From the north:
Find M38 from Baraga to Ontonagon, head south on Silver Mountain road, just west of the Sturgeon River. Turn right at the junction of 193 (NF-2270) until NF 922 splits right again. There are signs posted the whole way. A quick left after the turn before the main parking area, there is a dirt two track heading off left, take this, park at the turnaround and walk Northish into the woods for 300 meters along the trail. You are now at the base of the cliff.

From the south:
Locate M28 from Bruce Crossing to Covington. Just west of Covington, turn north on Plains Road. Turn left on Gorge Cutoff Road (NF-2243) until you turn left again on NF2240 at the stop sign. At the next junction, turn right on Sturgeon Gorge road (NF-2200). Your next turn will be a left on NF 2270 where you will see signs for Silver Mountain. Drive through the gorge for a few miles and turn left onto NF 922 for a split second. Half way between the junction and the main parking area, there is a dirt two track heading off left, take this. Park at the turnaround and walk into the woods for 300 meters along the trail. You are now at the base of the cliff.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 15.3 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Silver Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Silver Mountain:
Crack Debit or Credit   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Large Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Between a Block and a Hard Place   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Don't Worry, Bzzz Happy   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
The Sport Route   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Silver Mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo of Buck Angel Crack, the route is distinctiv...

Buck Angel Crack 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Michigan : Silver Mountain
This route starts directly below the short section of fist crack 8' off the ground and 10' right of the bolts on Resurrection. Climb through the fist crack to a mantel of sorts, which gains you access to great gear in the finger crack above. Bust a move left through a compression sequence followed by a devious crux that is equal parts power and balance. Once through the crux you will be rewarded with good gear and eventually a no hands rest. The rest of the route is more moderate, around 10+...[more]   Browse More Classics in Michigan

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Rock Climbing Photo: Toproping P1 of the Multi-Pitch Route.
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Multi pitch route

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By climbing2man
From: Marquette, Mi
Sep 10, 2014
There are tons of more routes here! They are just not logged online. Two awesome. Multi-pitch routes are also here at Silver!
By jon jugenheimer
From: Madison
Sep 23, 2015
This place is a gem for the Midwest! Get there, climb and help keep the routes clean!
By Mike Robinson
From: Boulder, CO
May 31, 2016
I'll second Jon's comment. Quite a gem of a crag with a bunch of quality routes for people driving thru or trying to make a weekend out of it. A bit buggy in the spring and we all pulled ticks off of us... But that's all apart of da YOOP experience huh?
By jon jugenheimer
From: Madison
Jul 12, 2016
I just learned that Paul and Liz, long time developers at Silver will be updating this MP page soon as well as releasing a printed guide on or before the Climb UP fest this September. Great news as this place is deserving of a proper, up to date, error free guide for us climbers to all enjoy! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and see this database updated as well.
By ppeppin64
Sep 11, 2016
A rough draft of the updated guide is now available. Email to for pdf. A final draft will be done after Climb UP, when there is a better grade consensus. Pictures and Maps to come as well. MP will be updated soon as well. Sorry for the wait!
By Peter Bradley
Jul 6, 2017
Any new info????

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