Ice Conditions Report- The Obscure 1-3-22

Pc John Miller


The vast areas of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore which includes 33,929 acres (53.0 square miles) and Grand Island National Recreation Area comprises of 13,500 acres (34 square miles), hiding hundreds of obscure climbs within its woodlands.  Loads of these climbs are unnamed and never see an ascent over a season.  Some are difficult to find, some have difficult approaches, but the rewards can be worth the effort.  With the upcoming Michigan Ice Fest and lots of climbers coming up the the UP, you may want to head out and find some solitude and fresh ice!

Here are a few obscure climbs, some near, some far that were climbed this weekend.  Thanks to the Millers and Captin Scott Gnass for sending these in.  Remember, there are over 200 documented climbs in An Ice Climbers Guide to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but there are hundreds undocumented!  The guide book lists the East Channel and West Shore of Grand Island as areas but there are probably a hundred lines in these two areas alone!

Our extended forecast is looking amazing for continued ice growth! Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group need to rent gear Down Wind Sports in Munising offers Ice Gear rentals and are open 7 days a week.  Check out the rental details here!


At Michigan Ice we take pride in being your go to site for current ice climbing conditions for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as well as climbs throughout the Upper Peninsula. Planning a trip to Pictured Rocks? We have you covered for all the latest snow and ice conditions on all of your favorite climbs. Check back often for updates, pictures, and trip reports!