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BETA PHOTO: Left Face of Marquette Mountain.


Marquette is the epicenter for climbing in Michigan. The area offers over 100 routes and hundreds of boulder problems. There are a few areas containing most of the routes, but there are also many smaller crags with 2 or 3 worthy routes hidden in the woods. Most routes are under fifty feet with easy top rope set ups but there are both sport and trad lines that will challenge hardened climbers from anywhere. Though the area is not a climbing destination by its self the area is beautiful and has many reasons to visit, it just so happens that you can get some amazing routes in while here.

For more information or a recently published guide book you can contact Down Wind Sports or Switchback

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

75 Total Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',33],['2 Stars',26],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Marquette:
Evolution   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Suicide
Cheese and Crackers    5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The AAA Walls
Hanging with Hornets   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   Hogback Mountain
Classic Crack   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 60'   Marquette Mtn
Arbor Day    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Suicide
Pump'n the Gardner   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Slugg's Bluff (Palmer)
Fine Wine    5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   The AAA Walls
Five Overhangs   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR   Marquette Mtn
The Slab   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR   Glenda's Pile
The Pinacle   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR   Presque Isle : The Pinacle area
Carboboy    5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The AAA Walls
Scrotum    5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Suicide
5th Grade Science Project   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Suicide
to many lady bugs   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Hogback Mountain
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Featured Route For Marquette
Josh McCreedy in the crux of The Traverse

The Traverse V6 7A  MI : Marquette : ... : Black Rocks
The test piece boulder problem for the Marquette area. It was done in the early 90's by Mike Moss at maybe V4, but a key hold had broken and it took another 4 years for Josh to piece it together. Start far right on your bum. With your hands on the lip of the overhang, drop below the lip and traverse 20 ft to your left till the overhang comes to an end and top out. Good luck....[more]   Browse More Classics in MI

Photos of Marquette Slideshow Add Photo
Map of 550 Area (Hogback,Wetmore,Sugarloaf,ect.)
BETA PHOTO: Map of 550 Area (Hogback,Wetmore,Sugarloaf,ect.)
Little Presque.  This place is dope.
BETA PHOTO: Little Presque. This place is dope.
West Harlow Area
BETA PHOTO: West Harlow Area
Presque Isle Harbor
Presque Isle Harbor
Map of Ski Hill Area
BETA PHOTO: Map of Ski Hill Area
Project Boulder on the back of little Presque.  15...
BETA PHOTO: Project Boulder on the back of little Presque. 15...
Erin salutes Marquette near Glenda's Pile
Erin salutes Marquette near Glenda's Pile
Boulder found over by Harlow Lake in Marquette.  T...
Boulder found over by Harlow Lake in Marquette. T...

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By CaseyK
From: Tucson, Az
Oct 21, 2009
Love to see that there are some more routes being listed on mp for Michigan. Can't wait to get back there in the spring!
By Jason Schneider
Jan 19, 2010
Hi there to all Marquette climbers.

So after years and years of climbing history in Marquette, it's time for a guidebook. I'll be working with many local climbers to compile all knowledge of the local crags, beta, and ethics. If you have any information that you would like to share, or concerns about climbing in the area please contact me so we can be sure to put together a great resource.

By P.K.
Sep 30, 2010
Any update on the progess of the guidebook for Marquette?
By Brandon Snyder
From: Marquette MI
Dec 27, 2010
for anyone wanting to climb in the marquette area there is a guidebook for sale that can be found at downwind sports. there are lots of good routes that are not listed here and the book is a good resource for anyone wanting to know about the local ethics.
By Juggler
May 31, 2011
To All Chicago Area Climbers:

I am looking for partners to go to Marquette and other locations(Jackson Falls, DL, The Red, Marquette, etc) with.

I have an Airplane and can fly us there. Please send me a PM if you want more details and the cost of sharing the flight expenses. Hope to meet a few of you soon. I can fit up to 4 climbers with me in the Cherokee 6(with room for gear). :)
By Daniel
From: Huntersville, NC
Apr 17, 2012
I'm planning to climb the North Ridge (5.8) on the Grand Teton second week of June. The climbing ranger said it would be covered in snow and ice so some dry tooling would be involved.

Can anyone please recommend good places to practice dry tooling in the Marquette area?

Thank you!
By jennicadkins
Feb 14, 2014
Any recommendations on camping around Marquette?
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