Mission to Square Top

We’re curious about any climbing routes on the unmistakable Squaretop limestone summit, but information is scarce. Rather than try to haul climbing gear up for nothing, we make a hike of it. The Cave Lake state park trail system is newly maintained and well-signed, so we no trouble getting to the pass south of Square Top on the Twisted Pines trail. Then we do a cross country orbit of the limestone cliffs of Square Top. We see a lot of limestone here, mostly undeveloped. There are a handful of cracks, but mostly vertical and off-vertical faces the look quite featured but not easy. On the north side we find half a dozen bolted routes, all of which look pretty hard for us. We get a great hike in, but don’t plan to come back with climbing gear this time around.

Squaretop from the south

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