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The Balanced Rock Wall is one of the most popular climbing spots at Devil's Lake, and it's also a good place to go to impress day hikers since the Balanced Rock Trail passes along the base of the wall. The Balanced Rock Wall is a 40 foot wall containing the classic climb Watermarks (5.8), along with a handful of other moderate and enjoyable climbs. Access is fairly easy and straight forward, and the quality of the climbs is high. The only downside to the formation is the likelihood that you'll encounter a lot of people throughout the day. If you're looking to show off, this is the place for you. If you're looking for solitude, steer clear.
To gain access to the Balanced Rock Wall hike up the Balanced Rock trail about halfway up the bluff. Twenty minutes of rock steps (10 if you're fast) and you will come upon this fine piece of rock. You really will have a hard time getting lost when looking for the Balanced Rock Wall.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Balanced Rock Wall:
New Box 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c Trad, TR
Sunken Pillar 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, TR
Red Pulpit 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, TR
Watermarks 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR
Fear and Trembling 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a TR
Der Glotz 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a TR
AAHRG 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Watermarks Direct 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, TR
Moondust 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 45'
Morning After 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 Trad
Featured Route For Balanced Rock Wall
Der Glotz 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Balanced Rock Wall
Der Glotz is a great route situated between Watermarks and Sunken Pillar. It follows a right-trending diagonal ledge up to some tough moves up along the left side of the zig-zag overhangs of Watermarks Left Side. To climb get up onto the diagonal ledge (ledge is about 2" wide) and use careful hands to work right until ledge runs out. At the top of the ledge reach up to a rectangular pocket. Pull up on this pocket and move your feet up so you can get your feet up into this pocket. From here ...[more] Browse More Classics in WI
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