4 Radical Regions to Climb Rocks

IF THINGS GET ROCKY, JUST GET A GRIP. Branden Michelkamp spreads out on his way up a rock in Coloma, Wis. You can train up at some local (and short-drive-away locations) below.
IF THINGS GET ROCKY, JUST GET A GRIP. Branden Michelkamp spreads out on his way up a rock in Coloma, Wis. You can train up at some local (and short-drive-away locations) below.

Central Sandstone Highway 13, north of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. • The Central Sandstone area is chock full of bluffs, including Rattlesnake Mound. The large bluff line has established problems all over but there is still plenty more to explore.

Willow River State Park Off County Highway A, Hudson, Wis. • The Willow River State Park is one of the most beautiful places to climb in the state and also houses some of the steepest stones in the Midwest. There are plenty of tougher courses for experienced climbers. Climbing is allowed on weekdays when the park is open and on Friday and Sunday before noon.

Devil’s Lake S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, Wis. • If you are hungry enough for breathtaking beauty and some fun rock climbing opportunities, two-and-a-half hours south of Eau Claire is a outdoor enthusiast’s haven. Devil’s Lake is about 10,000 acres of breathtaking rock bluffs, lake, and forest.

Taylor Falls 307 Milltown Road, Taylor Falls, Minn. • If you are itchy to escape the gym for death-defying feats on real rocks and don’t mind an hour drive, check out Taylor Falls. Located along the serene St. Croix River, it’s a popular rock climbing site with tons of different climbing routes available. Caters to more experienced climbers, though intermediate and beginners are welcome. Climbing permits required.

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