Login with Facebook
East Bluff - Railroad Tracks

Select Area...
Birthday Rocks 
Dick, The 
Horse Rampart 
Lothar's Ledges 
Railroad Amphitheater 
Turret, The 
Waterfall Wall 
Mountain Project has launched a new site: Powder Project, and we're giving away loads of gear, including skis & Oakley goggles. Check it out!

East Bluff - Railroad Tracks  

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Page Views: 150,307
Administrators: Burt Lindquist, Doug Hemken, Chris treggE, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Feb 15, 2002
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon
Partly Cloudy
39° | 19°
Partly Cloudy
34° | 17°
38° | 28°
Ice Pellets
45° | 32°
58° | 37°
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Know the location? Show us! We need it for cool new features!
BETA PHOTO: The Railroad Tracks Area from the West Bluff


This area, located above the railroad tracks on the East shore of the lake includes Waterfall Wall, Railroad Ampitheater, Lumby Ridge, Birthday Rocks, Horse Rampart, Lothar's Ledges, and Squirrel's Nest Tower. The area is perhaps the most easily accessed group of rocks at the lake. Notable climbs include Pine Tree Step-Across, Birthday Crack, and Roger's Roof.

Getting There 

A map of the approaches

To get to the rocks above the railroad tracks, park at the north end of the South Shore parking lot. Head north towards the railroad tracks via a paved walkway. Once you get to the tracks follow them north along the east shore of the lake. After 5-10 minutes of walking you will see a large electric fence (more of a net) to your right. Railroad Ampitheater is approximately 150 feet past the end of this fence, while Birthday rocks is directly above the fence. Horse Rampart is a little higher up the bluff toward the southeast from Birthday Rocks. Lothar's Ledges are straight up the talus slope from the south end of the electric fence, and Squirrel's Nest Tower is directly south of Horse Rampart.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

77 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',39],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for East Bluff - Railroad Tracks:
Birthday Chimney   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, TR   Birthday Rocks
The Horse   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR   Horse Rampart
Pine Tree Dihedral   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR   Railroad Amphitheater
The Pillar   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   Railroad Amphitheater
Primak's Surprise   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   Horse Rampart
Pine Tree Step-Across   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, TR   Railroad Amphitheater
Snedegar's Nose   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   Railroad Amphitheater
Via Apia   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Horse Rampart
Pullman Car   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   Horse Rampart
Birthday Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Birthday Rocks
Lechery   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   Horse Rampart
Roger's Roof   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   Horse Rampart
Debauchery   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR   Horse Rampart
Catenary Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR   Railroad Amphitheater
Mung   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 70'   Horse Rampart
Plethora   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   Horse Rampart
Great White Hope   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR   Birthday Rocks
Cop-Out   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR   Railroad Amphitheater
Woger's Woof Wightside   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR   Horse Rampart
Caesarian West Face   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     TR   Birthday Rocks
Browse More Classics in East Bluff - Railroad Tracks

Featured Route For East Bluff - Railroad Tracks
Jan Brown getting up his nerve to step across the ...

Pine Tree Step-Across 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Railroad Amphitheater
The Pine Tree Step-Across is more a mental challenge than a physical one. The climb is located just left of the inside corner that leads up to the sizeable pine tree growing out of the rock near the top of the wall. Climb up this face until you reach a large overhaning block just left of the pine tree. Surmount the block using a mantel. Once on the block lean into the blank face and step across the abyss to a small landing pad for your foot. While stepping reach with your left hand for a hi...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

Comments on East Bluff - Railroad Tracks Add Comment
Show which comments
By Nat Blaz
Apr 6, 2002
A classic climb for beginners at Devil's Lake!
By Craig Le May
Jan 23, 2003
The Amphitheater is definitely a must if you are looking for a good Climb, when I was climbing this was the spot. It was an excellant spot to climb when the park was busy, no one went there to much, most climbers were enthralled with the bigger walls. Just above the amphitheater My old climbing partner Paul Nowak and I found a couple of Good 5.7,5.8 climbs and Bouldering areas. One we named Shooting the Moon, and rated it about a 5.7, not to hard, but a lot of nice micros and cracker ledges. This may already may have a name, we never found it in the booklet though. I would be interested to hear if anyone else discovered this treasure.
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
and Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!