About Indian Bluffs:
NOTICE: There is currently a temporary closure for the north end of IB. This extends from Chimney Rock all the way to the
Wedding Bells area. This is pending further study of the ecosystem, and the compatible use evaluation.
In general, they are worried about algific sites - sites at NE-facing rock faces that have cooler air in summer and tend to host unique plant/animal species.
Please respect this temporary closer; this is only affecting a few routes.
About 30 or so good routes here. If you want to get away from the usually crowded Pictured Rocks and want typically taller and harder climbs, IB is your place. This is one of Iowa's more beautiful places, which means when you are there you don't feel like you are in Iowa. No longer the best climbing in Iowa, but it is the best public area.
|Nearest town or city:||Monticello|
|Directions:||Take 151 towards Monticello, turn onto Richland (about 1 mile north of Monti). There are 3 different places to park for IB (1 on Jordan road, 2 on Butterfield) #1. If you have a high clearance vehicle turn onto Jordan road right after the pavement ends and follow it to a bridge. Park here. Cross the creek and follow the trail to the left over the gunsight notch, continue left for awhile and you'll bome to Red Rock after about 5 minutes or so. #2: If you don't have the high clearance stay on Richland until you hit butterfield road and take a right. Continue on this until you pass several farms and houses and you start getting into a heavily wooded area rather than cornfields and pig farms. You'll see Jordan Road (heavily rutted unmaintained road) on your right, the next right is a parking lot with a burned out tree stump in the middle. Park here and follow the trail for a few minutes and take a left. You'll pass a cornfield on your left and a few trails take off right into the forest all of which all take you down into Indian Bluffs Proper. #3. Continue past the burned out tree parking lot and park at the bottom of the hill by the river. The trail to IB is on your right as you are driving down just before the parking lot. The first wall (but you won't see it and probably won't be able to find it. talk to a local) encountered after about 10-15 minutes of hiking is Blue Groove, the first wall you will see is Boulevard wall on your right about 5 minutes passed Blue Groove|
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