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Duluth Bouldering Rock Climbing 

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Duluth, Minnesota, is home to around 90,000 people, a small number of whom are climbers. With local climbing areas, boulders, urban ice, a public gym and three university gyms, plus a kick ass climbing shop and a number of fine pubs, Duluth is a great spot for northern living!
In addition to climbing, skiing, trail running, kayaking, surfing, mountain biking and more abound!
Within driving distance are the North Shore climbing areas, Sandstone, Taylor's Falls, Redwing, Thunderbay, Nipigon and more!

The best local urban guidebook is now available as a free download -

Get gear and beta at Vertical Endeavors. Get beer at Fitger's Brewhouse, Sir Ben's, or Carmody's Irish Pub. Get food at Burrito Union or Pizza Luce.

Getting There 

Look at a map of Minnesota. We are the big black dot at the tip of the bay on lake Superior!

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.7 miles from here

304 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',95],['2 Stars',118],['1 Star',49],['Bomb',6]

Classic Climbing Routes in Duluth Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Duluth Bouldering:
Hobo ArĂȘtĂ©   V2 5+     Boulder   Ely's Peak Bouldering : ALC (Alternative Living Cav...
Double Rainbow   V2 5+     Boulder   Ely's Peak Bouldering : Bluff Boulder
The Blue Jaguar   V2+ 5+ PG13     Boulder, 20'   Little Foxx Canyon : North Little Foxx
PH Balance   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 8'   Little Foxx Canyon : North Little Foxx
XMen   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 12'   Piedmont roadside boulders : Lower Wall
Alternative Living   V3 6A     Boulder   Ely's Peak Bouldering : ALC (Alternative Living Cav...
Friction Fighter   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 20'   Little Foxx Canyon : North Little Foxx
Tree Hugger   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   South Little Foxx : The Tree Boulder
Fancy Dancer   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   Porcupine Crag : Road Weary wall
Return of the Nephilim   V5 6C     Boulder, 8'   Little Foxx Canyon : North Little Foxx
Scott's Knee   V7 7A+     Boulder   Ely's Peak Bouldering : ALC (Alternative Living Cav...
Remember The Fallen   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 45'   Little Foxx Canyon : Little Foxx
Skittle Phlegm   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 30'   Little Foxx Canyon : Little Foxx
Pandora' Box   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, TR, 40'   Little Foxx Canyon : Foxx Rocks
Smack My Ass And Call Me Sally   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 35'   Little Foxx Canyon : Little Foxx
Brewer's Arete   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 35'   Brewer's Park
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Rock Climbing Photo: The start and crux holds of friction fighter chalk...

Friction Fighter V4 6B PG13  MN : Duluth Area (Rock and Ice) : ... : North Little Foxx
A Little Fox classic and a must do for any Minnesota Hardman! The most obvious line on the three slabs. Sit start under bulge on two bomber side pulls. Pull up over the bulge to a sloppy/frictiony rail and then move your left hand to a small rail where you can fit 2-3 fingers. Find a small nub for your left foot on the slab and pull up into a right hand foot match. 10 feet of mellow climbing brings you to a good rest. Here you can contemplate either down climbing or committing to the top ou...[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

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Rock Climbing Photo: Welcome to Duluth...Enjoy your stay!
Welcome to Duluth...Enjoy your stay!

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By Justin Edberg
From: duluth mn
Sep 21, 2008
Alot of people have been climbing in places that are closed please don;t climb in these areas, we have plenty of GREAT rock, and you give climbers a bad name.
By nodin
From: Duluth, MN
Sep 23, 2008
I second Justin's comment. Plenty of local climbing does not involve trespassing or topping out on people's decks. Stick to what is legit, please...
By chris deulen
From: Merriam, Kansas
Oct 6, 2008
Duluth: More climbing than France!
By chris harkness
Oct 19, 2008
Due to the development of many new climbs this summer in the Duluth area (about 60 new climbs in Little Fox Canyon, Postpartum Wall, and the Piedmont roadside boulders alone), there has been some concern expressed about the quality and/or difficulty gradings on some of these boulder problems. Due to the fact that they're so new, many of these new routes have seen only one or two ascents, and we all want to make sure that as we post these climbs, they are honest and accurate. Is Duluth worthy of a 4-star climb? Are these gradings consistent with other bouldering areas around the state, around the country?

I think the great thing about having tools like this website is the fact that gradings are open to critique and change. My hope is that as many people as possible will get out to see some of these areas for themselves and make their opinions known. The more critique the better. So, enjoy, and let us know what you think!
By nodin
From: Duluth, MN
Oct 21, 2008
Agreed! And a HUGE thanks to everyone who has put in time, blood sweat and tears to make Duluth a better place to climb!
We have a good stack of the topo maps that Chris Harkness made up down at W-Trek...come get one!
By Andy Golz
From: Duluth, MN
Mar 6, 2009
Has anyone tried to clean up any climbs at Split Rock SP?
By nodin
From: Duluth, MN
Mar 7, 2009
Split Rock is closed to climbing (at least the cliff propper is). Some of the boulders in the camp ground look promising and there are a few out croppings along the trail. Haven't asked about those as the Split Rock policy seems all encompassing.
By Muns
Mar 8, 2009
Hey i'm just starting out. Wondering if someone with some time could through up some clearer directions on the stuff at Hartley nature. When the snow leaves i'll go explore and probably find'em but if you'd be so kind, help me out haha.
From: Duluth Mn
Mar 12, 2009
Muns drop me an e-mail and I can give you directions right from your place to both areas.
By Peter Dodge
From: Duluth, MN
Dec 10, 2011
Peter's Guide to Duluth Bouldering is on sale! Only $15. Stop by Vertical Endeavors in Canal Park to buy a copy. It has over 350 routes with descriptions, pictures, and maps.
From: Duluth Mn
Dec 21, 2011
Pete did a great job on this and putting a lot of great pictures. People should support all the work he put into this and buy a copy.
By Nathan Williams
Nov 28, 2012
Here's a short video featuring climbing at Whoopee Wall and Ely's Peak - Urban Climbing in Duluth, Minnesota

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