When we hike in the hills above Tranquille Creek, the bluffs on the west side of Wheeler Mountain invite exploration. The lava cliffs rise in stages but the most interesting section has 300 foot cliffs facing southwest. We followed backroads and then worked our way over to the foot of the bluffs. The route is off-trail and a slow-going traverse.
cCave pockets and alcoves can be found along the way. We entered a deep crack in the cliffs and found a chimney route to the top. We were able to work our way a bit up the route using a body-wedge technique to get on top of chock stones. We could see that this could be climbed up and down, but climbing gear would be needed.
The bluffs can be reached more easily using the backroad that goes toward Pruden Pass, then over the flanks of Mt. Wheeler (link). We traversed over to those double tracks and followed them down for a 5km hike to the start area just above the tracks on the Tranquille – Red Lake Road.