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West Bluff - Cleo Amphitheater

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West Bluff - Cleo Amphitheater  

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The Cleo Amphitheater is probably the most frequently climbed area on the West Bluff. There are a good number of quality climbs found here and the access is relatively easy. The area sees morning sun and shade in the afternoon, so it's ideal for hot sunny days. The area is made up of the climbs on Cleopatra's Needle, the Amphitheater, the Wiessner Wall, and Turk's Head.

Getting There 

To get to the Cleo Amphitheater park at the gravel parking lot near the southwest end of the lake, across from the boat landing. The lot accomodates 20-30 cars. From the lot, cross the road and take the West Bluff Trail (paved) up the West Bluff. At the top of the bluff you will come to a lookout directly above the Amphitheater. The Wiessner Wall and Turk's Head are to your left (north), while Cleopatra's Needle is at about 11 o'clock if you're looking straight out off the bluff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

50 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Bluff - Cleo Amphitheater:
Upper Wiessner Crack   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Wiessner Wall
East Comfort Route   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Cleopatra's Needle
Northwest Side   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR   Cleopatra's Needle
Wiessner Chimney   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR   Wiessner Wall
Southeast Arete   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Cleopatra's Needle
Queen's Throne   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR   The Cleo Amphitheater
Throne Room   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR   The Cleo Amphitheater
King's Throne   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   The Cleo Amphitheater
Cleo's Needle Southwest Dihedral   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Cleopatra's Needle
Cleos Needle-Southwest Rib   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Cleopatra's Needle
Wiessner Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   Wiessner Wall
Turk's Head Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 7 pitches, 500'   Turk's Head
Stinger   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   Wiessner Wall
Queen's Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   The Cleo Amphitheater
A Point of Balance   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 40'   Turk's Head
Just Another Pretty Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Wiessner Wall
Between the Queens   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 70'   The Cleo Amphitheater
Zor the Mantle   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Turk's Head
The Green Slime   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Turk's Head
Big Roof   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     TR, 50'   The Cleo Amphitheater
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Featured Route For West Bluff - Cleo Amphitheater
An unknown climber leading Queen's Throne.

Queen's Throne 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  WI : Devil's Lake : ... : The Cleo Amphitheater
This one is easy, but it is a whole lot of fun. It is about as perfect for leading as climbs get at Devil's Lake and swallows gear so it is good for the begginner leader. Climb the left facing corner to the right of King's Throne. There are two corners there so climb the one on the right. It is a very vertical crack and ends to the right of the tall rock spike atop the climb. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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By Tradoholic
Apr 17, 2004
Who monitors the top of Cleos needle to make sure that after the freeze/thaw and after multiple leads each week it will still stay secure for the rappel off the top ring?
By Tradoholic
Jul 7, 2009
The parking lot described in "Getting There" is now paved.
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