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High Cliff State Park  


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Location: 44.1565, -88.2929 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: jon jugenheimer on Nov 20, 2006
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Description 

This area is a west facing limestone cliff ranging from 20 to 35 feet tall in High Cliff State park. Routes are top roped from trees above. Cracks and ledges on face climbs are all over the cliff with some interesting overhanging areas. An ok place to climb on an afternoon as well as doing some drytooling. Rock can be wet and muddy in cracks in the early season.

Getting There 

From Appleton take hwy 10 east to hwy 114 east. go south where the road sign tells you to go south and into the park (need a sticker). the climbs are located along the entire cliff line. best areas are just west of the campground

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.6 miles from here

54 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',6],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',5],['5.10',6],['5.11',6],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',19],['V4-5',7],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for High Cliff State Park:
Local On the Eights   V2- 5+     Boulder   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
The Traverse of the Gods   V3 6A Mod. Snow     Boulder, Snow   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
Harappan Civilization   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
Calm like a Bomb   V4 6B     Boulder   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
The Overhang   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
Sexytime Traverse   V7 7A+     Boulder, 120'   North Side : Pavilion Block Bouldering
Eight Ball Corner Pocket (Flake Route)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 35'   North Side : A. Red Bird Statue Area
Tower Arete   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 35'   C. The Stairs and Tower Are... : The Stairway Tower
5.8 Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   North Side : A. Red Bird Statue Area
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Featured Route For High Cliff State Park
Variation 2- sharp flake and then out (right wall ...

The Overhang V5-6 6C+  WI : High Cliff State Park : ... : Pavilion Block Bouldering
About 100 yards east of Calm, The Overhang can be found in a leaf-filled corridor. Start sitting at the bottom of the steepest part of the corridor and climb directly out tiered roofs. The right wall is most definitely off. The Overhang was attempted for years until a small block was pulled off with hand pressure. The removal of this block created a hold and allowed this problem to go. For a while, the block still sat at the base, and it was possible to put the block back in, thereby making the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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High Cliff sunset over a frozen Lake Winnebago...
High Cliff sunset over a frozen Lake Winnebago...
Welcome to High Cliff..
Welcome to High Cliff..
Sunlight filtering in through the trees late.
Sunlight filtering in through the trees late.

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By Ed Wright
May 14, 2006
A couple buddies and I climbed here in 1984 and '85--we climbed over 80 routes all from the ground up with no previous inspection or cleaning. We also did a handful of routes on top-rope. We did find a few old pitons here and there. It's a great little area and has nice camping and a nice beach frequented by babes from Appleton and Oshkosh.
By Peter Dodge
From: Duluth, MN
Dec 12, 2007
I have made a guide for a lot of the climbing at High Cliff. It isn't anything major, but it will give you a lot of the popular areas and routes. E-mail me if you would like a copy and I will send one to you.
By george reynolds
Jul 6, 2009
Has anyone ever contacted the DNR to see if it would be ok to bolt lines here. I think that alot of the routes could be climbed more safely with bolts and even open up options where a TR is hard or impossible to set. Just a question this is not something that I would think about doing if it was not allowed.
By Peter Dodge
From: Duluth, MN
Jul 31, 2009
Bolting has been small talk with high cliff climbers for several years. No one has really stepped up to make the next move.

Generally, the rock is very chossy and shallow, this makes most people hesitant of the bolts. Two bolts were at high cliff a long time ago, but they have since been removed (also a long time ago) because of the above reason.

I personally think the reserve area would be a perfect place to bolt... but that's just me.
By george reynolds
Jul 31, 2009
I have not been to the reserve before but I will be sure to check it out soon. It would be nice to set up some test bolts somewhere to find out what would work best. Could you pm with anymore information you might think usefull, and id like to get a copy of your guide.
By george reynolds
Sep 9, 2009
I was recently in touch with the park manager at High Cliff and found out that the park is a designated state natural are which means that no alteration to the rock is allowed so no bolting is allowed anywhere in the park.
By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Jul 10, 2011
Thanks to Paul Campbell who will be reordering the problems from left to right.
By Zach.Moore
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jun 11, 2012
Can someone add these GPS Coordinates?

44.156545,-88.292923

Edit: Awesome! Thanks for the timely addition.
By Tito Krull
Oct 13, 2012
there are so many routes not posted on here that are totally rad climbs, come on people lets get to work, haha with that said its getting cold outside and i'm gonna climb before the end of season, so whos ever down for high cliff soon call me (920)250-1621 peace
By Rico McGeeko
From: Larsen, WI
Aug 19, 2013
Did a few routes here yesterday only to find they're not on the page yet. Will have to go back, take some more pictures, and map the routes. Area is about 1/2 way between B & C on the map under a lookout on the Red Bird trail, directly out from a park map.
By Josh Bochniak
From: Green Bay, WI
Oct 11, 2013
Hey all, just moved from New York in August and got to spend a couple of hours at High Cliff yesterday. Looking forward to exploring more things out there.