Barrel ridge consists of a tight cluster of several quality boulder problems, and good potential for possible 30-40ft TR routes. The rock is high quality for the park, and most all of the landings are flat and forgiving. Most route are +/- a few degrees off vertical. Despite there only being a few routes this area is definitely worth a visit.
The area is now split into 3 seperate areas. The Ridge proper, which holds the most problems. Also then the Sandbox Boulders and the ABC boulder. Enjoy!
Enter the park and drive in the direction of qual wall. As you drop into the valley start looking to your right....Park 50yds past a car sized boulder 5 feet off the right hand (south) side of the road. This should put you below a few large pine trees, with a barely visible bluff on the south side of the road. Hike up the steep hill and around the right hand side of the bluff where a trail should become evident. From there take the trail past an 8ft mini sandstone pillar. Following the right hand side of the ridge a short distance past some tall clean faces will take you to I.G.N, Steve Done, and eventually to what we started calling the Vadge Boulder (top out and see why). Going left around the ridge will take you to the Testtickler, and a good area for new development. (Despite the lengthy description the approach is 10min at max)
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Barrel Ridge:
Hard sit start on the left side of the boulder. Tough gastons to start, then into hug and heeling moves. End with many different variations...big pocket out left...continued gastons... or by slapping the crack out right. Choose your own adventure....[more]Browse More Classics in WI
fun area for sure. lots more developement to be done. the left side of the bluff where there aren't any problems there could be some really classic looking easy problems. In the end i think this place could be chalk full of really quality easier stuff. Its like a mini groupsite B. Also, I am convinced the the Barrel Boulders are pretend and that they dont actually exist. I made it to barrel ridge when i was looking for the barrel boulders.
By TravisMelin From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI Aug 30, 2008
barrel boulders are on the bluff prior to barrel ridge. about 100yrs up the road before hitting barrel ridge.
By TravisMelin From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI Sep 13, 2008
My ratings on the newly posted routes may be way off. The rock was soaked when I was there, and I basically towel dried the holds every ten min or so to be able to work them. So if anyone makes it out there anytime soon let me know if the stuff is accurate at all...