The beautiful Shelter 1 Bluff in mid fall
There are two main climbing areas within the park: the Shelter 1 Bluff and the Devil's Standtable Area. The rock is sandstone and it's not very crowded. Shelter 1 has the best climbing routes and it includes the famed boulder problem "return to forever". The Devil's Standtable Area has the best bouldering in the park.
From Carbondale take Highway 13 East. Turn right (near the intersection of McDonalds and Walmart) and head South on Giant City Rd. Continue for about 15 minutes and the road leads directly to the park. From the entrance follow the signs to the appropriate destination.
Weather station 3.4 miles from here
40 Total Routes
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Tempura Tour 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
: Giant City State Park
: Shelter 1 Bluff
This is the grand traverse that lets one venture across the Shelter 1 Bluff line. This route allows you to climb high above the grassy field below and avoids the harder sections underneath the overhang. A must for anyone desiring to explore the vertical sphere of the bluff. Absolute Classic!...[more] Browse More Classics in IL
By roger fritz from rockford, IL
From: Rockford, IL
Oct 15, 2012
We took a side trip from jackson falls to Giant city shelter one climbing area. There are some fine lines there. Why has no-one posted these? Are you locals keeping them secret? Come-on share them with us!!!
By Dave Hug
From: Carbondale, Illinois
May 16, 2014
Hey Roger, I assume your Danae's father and I'm pretty sure I have met you once. Anyway I am not sure why nobody has updated this site for G.C. but I have taken it upon myself to do so. Keep an eye out for updates and thanks for pointing this out.