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Railroad Amphitheater

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Catenary Crack T,TR 
Cop Ripper T,TR 
Cop-Out T,TR 
Face-Off TR 
Jack The Crooked Cop T,TR 
Jack the Ripper T,TR 
Lumby Ridge T 
Old Shoes TR 
Pillar, The T,TR 
Pilloried T 
Pine Tree Dihedral T,TR 
Pine Tree Step-Across T,TR 
Railroad Offwidth (aka Birch Tree Dihedral) T,TR 
Right of the Eye T,TR 
Snedegar's Nose T,TR 
Spectacle T,TR 
Tang Shwang T,TR 
Working on the Railroad T,TR 

Railroad Amphitheater Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Railroad Amphitheater seen from frozen Devils Lake


The Railroad Amphitheater is a terrific climbing spot with easy access and fairly long, interesting routes. The north wall of the Amphitheater is overhanging and includes challenging routes like Catenary Crack, Cop-Out, Cop Ripper, and Jack the Ripper. The south wall includes Pine Tree Step-Across and Pine Tree Dihedral, both long, fun routes. Railroad Amphitheater is also home to Lumby Ridge, a series of climbs on the southeast ridge of the formation.

Getting There 

To get to the Railroad Amphitheater walk north along the railroad tracks from the South Shore parking lot. About 150 feet past the electric fence you will see the Amphitheater, sitting just off the tracks. Top-rope setup access can be found by going around either the north side or the south side of the formation.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Railroad Amphitheater

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Railroad Amphitheater:
Pine Tree Dihedral   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR   
Pine Tree Step-Across   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, TR   
The Pillar   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   
Railroad Offwidth (aka Birch Tree Dihedral)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   
Snedegar's Nose   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   
Tang Shwang   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Catenary Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR   
Jack the Ripper   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR   
Cop-Out   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR   
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Featured Route For Railroad Amphitheater
Rock Climbing Photo: Vince.

Jack The Crooked Cop 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Railroad Amphitheater
A sure to be neo-classic this is my favorite line on the wall linking the meat of "Jack the Ripper" with the best part of "Cop Out".It starts with a tricky boulder problem and follows a thin seam to a no hands rest. Then an airy traverse into a perfect dihedral and through the roof on good holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

Photos of Railroad Amphitheater Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Railroad from the water.
Railroad from the water.
Rock Climbing Photo: Some French climbers at Railroad, August 30, 2009.
Some French climbers at Railroad, August 30, 2009.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shot #2 of the French climbers at Railroad.  Augus...
Shot #2 of the French climbers at Railroad. Augus...
Rock Climbing Photo: The face is "Face-Off" 5.9. The Arete le...
BETA PHOTO: The face is "Face-Off" 5.9. The Arete le...

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