It's hard to find elevation gain in WI but going around Devils Lake provides great bluffs with beauty.
Scampered up on top of the bluffs as a break from the interstates. For Wisconsin this was impressively steep, with a nice swim afterwards.
Estimated date. This place has been my favorite climbing area from the first time I went. Rough guess for number of visits is a minimum of 60, which includes two years living far outside of WI. This is special land.
Climbed several routes on the North Slope as part of the AAC Craggin' Classic outing. The CMC set-up a bunch of top ropes in the North Slope for AAC members to climb. The routes are single pitch and range from 5.3 to 5.10.
The North Slope is the northern most buttress in the West Bluff. It offers early morning sun when the weather is cold and easy access (1/10th mile) from the road.
Ran both bluffs during the Dances with Dirt 50k.
Can´t remember the date really well, but I came with a climbing club on a very wet weekend...super slippery.
learned to climb outdoors here, Cleo's amphitheater, and Railroad amphitheater would be my favorite crags here.
various climbs @ vulture lookout on the east bluff and the north slope on the west bluff.
Climbed there 3 routes with my brother and some friends. Top-rope. Have no idea about the names.
Climbed up to the top of the bluffs many many times. Love hiking the bluff trail and have ascended from both sides a number of times. I've lived within an hour of this park for most of my life so it will always be a special place for me. Love it!
My wife and I hiked to the top of the bluffs in search of the Poison Ivy Rock and other SP members. Biked around the park and down the Ice Age Trail. First visit to the park despite living in Wisconsin my entire life. Met up with George (Alpinist)and others from the Chicago Mountaineering Club in the evening and had a nice visit discussing mountains and Summitpost. Will definitely be returning to this park.
Did my first legitimate climbing there. Great stuff. Devil's Lake also has some of the best hiking in the area. I've been there in summer and fall and it's always gorgeous.
Great climbing spread out over a large area. Easy to avoid people if you desire.
Within 4 hours driving distance of Chicago, the best hiking (other contenders: Starved Rock, Indiana Dunes). Avoid weekends if you can or come fall/winter. In a cold, foggy December day I felt like I had the park to myself, did a 16 mile loop from Parfrey's Glen to the east bluff and back, virtually all park or forest.
lots of fun, lots of routes!
Climbed several routes at Vulture Lookout as part of CMC outing. Route numbers below are referenced from Sven Olof Swartling's 2nd edition guidebook.
- #1 Missing Piece 5.7
- #4 5.7 Crack
- #13 Harder by the Climber 5.6
- #16 Inside Corner 5.6
- #19 Inside corner 5.6
It was a beautiful fall day!
My first experience rock climbing- set my goals for more then and there. Completed this in the winter as a team building exercise- great adventure.
Four of us left North Shore area and went up East Bluff trail, visited the doorway, descended Balanced Rock Trail. From there we hugged the lakeshore around to Tumbled Rocks trail to take us back. A great hike, almost 5 miles.
Going there on a weekday is much nicer (or early in the morning).