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Slugg's Bluff (Palmer)

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Slugg's Bluff (Palmer)  Rock Climbing 

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Location: 46.4444, -87.5705 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Drew B. on Oct 20, 2009
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Slugg's Bluff offers some of the best face and crack climbing in the Marquette area. With a epic view of the Palmer Mine and the Palmer swamp, it offers the best fall climbing around. The face climbing is typically slabby, with nice edges. Beware of some loose rocks and vegetated rocks. Although not developed, this area will eventually see it.

All anchors need to be set up with gear or webbing. A few long pieces of webbing (50/75 foot) are required for top roping.

If you drive to the top of Slugg's Bluff, conciser staying for a night. There is an established metal fire ring next to the run down shed. There is pleanty of room for a few cars and tents. Access is unknown but locals on 4-wheelers drinking Milwaukee's Best told us it was legit (take that how you will)

I intend on establishing some rappel anchors, trad chains, and a few sport climbs winter/spring of 2010. Please contact me if more information if needed.


Getting There 

From Marquette: (20-30 min)
Drive south down County Road 553. 5-8 minutes after Marquette Mountain, turn right on Co Road 480 at the stop sing. Drive west until you each a 4-way stop, turn left on road 35. Drive south. You will see the Palmer Mine to your right, you know you will be getting close.

Top access: (This road eventually becomes rough, so be wear) Right before you drive into the town of Palmer, turn left on Anderson Road/Co Road Mb. Continue down an old paved road until you come to a power line clearing. Turn left down a dirt road until you see the cliff

Bottom access: Drive into the town of Palmer. Turn left on Isabella ave. Go straight while Isabella ave joins Richmond Road/Co Road Mc. Keep going east. Turn left at Anderson Road/Co Road Mb. The Cliff should be visible. Park on the turn out next to the old house foundation. Follow a faint trail up to the bottom of the cliff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.1 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Slugg's Bluff (Palmer)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Slugg's Bluff (Palmer) :
Pump'n the Gardner   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mystery Jam

Mystery Jam 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Michigan : Marquette : Slugg's Bluff (Palmer)
Mystery Jam is the obvious line at Isabella. Start on the face to a cruxy throw. Work your way up to the beautiful crack. Continue up past a few committing jug moves to easier ground. The top is marked by a fixed nut and pin. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Michigan

Photos of Slugg's Bluff (Palmer) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike after a fall day
Mike after a fall day
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of Slugg's Bluff (early spring)
BETA PHOTO: Top of Slugg's Bluff (early spring)

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By RayBaumgarten
Nov 10, 2014
Great images and description. Some of the best views during the fall.

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