Ice Climbing in Munising

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Ice climbing is becoming more and more popular during the winter season. With lake effect snow, many waterfalls, sandstone cliffs and water that flow between rock layers to create curtains of ice make Munising a prime location for this winter activity.

By the second or third week of December, there will be enough stable ice formed for a grand adventure. Listed below are the main points where ice climbing is most popular in Munising:

  • Sand Point columns and blue ice curtains are 20-50 feet high. Parking is located at Sand Point Beach or at Munising Falls. The Sand Point Road is narrow with no shoulder; therefore, parking is prohibited along Sand Point Road.
  • Miners Falls is a 40 foot column. Access requires a three mile ski or snowshoe trek in from the end of the plowed road at the junction of Carmody and Miners Castle Roads.
  • Miners basin falls is located 1.2 miles north of Miners Falls on the east side of the escarpment. Travel to this column is over land.

CLICK HERE  for safety information on ice climbing and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore website on ice climbing.