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Climbing The Pinnacle. Presque Isle, Marquette

Mishigama, the large water state 

All though Michigan is 41% water, it houses some of the best old growth forests in the country. Michigan is considered a state with some of the best moderate recreation in the country.

To the outside community, Michigan is NOT known for its rock climbing, but it is known to its locals. With just enough rock climbing to barely hold us over for Kentucky, Arkansas, California and beyond, climbers are able to enjoy what Michigan has to offer. Michigan is more known for its ice climbing in Munising.

Grand Ledge is the only known area in the Lower Peninsula to have any outdoor climbing. (see Grand Ledge page)

Munising/Picture Rocks is home to hundreds of frozen drip and Michigan's Ice Fest (www.downwindsports.com)

Marquette and beyond holds Michigan's best rock climbing. With its hidden rock bands, hard to find boulders, and still to be discovered routes you will most likely be the only one out there climbing...nice eh?



For more beta in the Upper Peninsula: contact Down Wind Sports




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194 Total Routes


['4 Stars',19],['3 Stars',76],['2 Stars',71],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',14],['5.7',17],['5.8',19],['5.9',23],['5.10',27],['5.11',6],['5.12',9],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',12],['V2-3',25],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',0],['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 Michigan:
Sweet Mother Moses   WI3-4     Ice, 1 pitch, 75'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
The Amphitheater   WI6+     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 65'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Giddy Up   WI3-     Ice, 1 pitch   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Suck it up   WI4     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
The Dryer Hose (aka Life's a Pitch)   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Dairyland   WI5     Ice, 150'   Munising : Sand Point Road to Miners C...
Enigma   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Grand Ledge
Potato Chips   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Grand Ledge
Peek-a-boo   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 25'   Grand Ledge
Brachiator   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Grand Ledge
Fine Wine    5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Marquette : The AAA Walls
Pump'n the Gardner   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Marquette : Slugg's Bluff (Palmer)
The Slab   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, TR   Marquette : Glenda's Pile
Doug"s Roof   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     TR, 35'   Grand Ledge
Rocket Man   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Grand Ledge
The Pinacle   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     TR   Presque Isle : The Pinacle area
Scrotum    5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Marquette : Suicide
5th Grade Science Project   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Marquette : Suicide
Intimidator   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Grand Ledge
to many lady bugs   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Marquette : Hogback Mountain
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Featured Route For Michigan
The climb found from the large boulder.

Pump'n the Gardner 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a  MI : Marquette : Slugg's Bluff (Palmer)
One of the furthest climbs to the right, this is a popular crack. Mainly top roped, is a great trad lead as well. Start up the easy 5th class ramp to an off width. The crack spits, climb right. There are crux sections, have fun! Then climb up to easyer ground. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MI

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This is why climbing in the UP is awesome. Freighters at sunset at Horseshoe Harbor, tip of the Keeweenaw, on a trip to Cliff Dr.
This is why climbing in the UP is awesome. Freight...
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By Thomas Ferguson
Aug 19, 2008

There are a lot of areas in Upper Michigan that are fun to climb and worth a trip and or vacation to go climb them. It would be nice to have a page telling about them and where they are. (Or is there a conspiracy not to list any because the climbers who visit or live in Upper Michigan want to keep the great climbing a secret so they won't have to deal with the areas becoming crowded.)

By jay.kalamazoo
From: kalamazoo, mi
Nov 1, 2008

We don't have a lot of rock- but we do have some good buildering.

I encourage folks to post some of those sites up.

By Brandon Snyder
From: Marquette MI
Mar 20, 2009

Climbing can be found all around the town of marquette and across the upper pinsula

By Big-Time-Small-Timer
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 1, 2009

Check out the Cliff Dr. - Keweenaw County page. Say ya to da U.P. eh!

By Clint C
Dec 13, 2010

I'm looking to compile some sweet photos of MI, Wi, Mn, Il or any Midwest climbing for a writing project.
Please send me any you have to clateboulder@yahoo.com

Please send in a jpg low resolution format.

Appreciate it,

Climb on

By Juggler
May 31, 2011

To All Chicago Area Climbers(South suburbs):

I am looking for partners to go to MI climbing and other locations(Jackson Falls, DL, The Red, Grand Dads, 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). LMK :)

By rich magner
From: cathedral city, ca
Apr 18, 2013

I am more than delighted to see climbs going up/being posted. As a Michigan Expat. I look forward to checking these out next time I visit the motherland.