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Giant City State Park

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A. Shelter 1 Bluff 
B. Devils Standtable Area 
C. The Orchards 

Giant City State Park  

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There are two main climbing areas within the park: the Shelter 1 Bluff and the Devil's Standtable Area, and one located nearby: The Orchards. 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.

Royal Robbins climbing George's sometime after his...
Royal Robbins climbing George's sometime after his Yosemite adventures

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

71 Total Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',33],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Giant City State Park:
Standard   V3-4 6A+     Boulder   B. Devils Standtable Area : A: Gill Roof
Pinch Me   V6 7A     Boulder   B. Devils Standtable Area : A: Gill Roof
Drunkards Crack   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch   A. Shelter 1 Bluff
Easy Crack   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad   A. Shelter 1 Bluff
The Gully   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     TR   A. Shelter 1 Bluff
Chimney   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad   A. Shelter 1 Bluff
Camel's Hump   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   A. Shelter 1 Bluff
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Featured Route For Giant City State Park

Makanda Layback 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c IL : Giant City State Park : A. Shelter 1 Bluff
Pull on small jugs to enter the gully crack, layback to the right and pull moves to eventually reach up left to nice horizontal edges, from there proceed to climb to the safety bolt "place a nut in the crack to the right to beef up the anchor point", then continue to the top through a rather blank section eventually meeting the last face, angle up and left eventually toping out and reaching the anchor. Fairly Committing Lead......[more]   Browse More Classics in IL

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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.

David Hug
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