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Upper Cathedral
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Guardrail Loop
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Tour du Hartley
A ride that covers Hartley's singletrack offerings, in one fell swoop! Near Arnold, MN
Amity West Trail
Flowing singletrack down the west side of Amity Creek Near Duluth, MN
Amity East Trail
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Duluth Rock (Duluth)  


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Location: 46.9951, -92.089 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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 - duluthcragger.com/

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

298 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',91],['2 Stars',119],['1 Star',53],['Bomb',6]
['<=5.6',13],['5.7',1],['5.8',5],['5.9',3],['5.10',7],['5.11',4],['5.12',1],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',59],['V2-3',121],['V4-5',56],['V6-7',18],['V8-9',6],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',3],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Duluth Rock (Duluth):
Hobo Arêté   V2 5+     Boulder   Ely's Peak Bouldering : ALC (Alternative Living Cav...
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
Alternative Living   V3 6A     Boulder   Ely's Peak Bouldering : ALC (Alternative Living Cav...
XMen   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Piedmont roadside boulders : Lower Wall
Friction Fighter   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 20'   Little Foxx Canyon : North Little Foxx
In The Zone   V4 6B     Boulder   South Little Foxx : The Whatever Wall
Fancy Dancer   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   Porcupine Crag : Road Weary wall
Top Out Problem   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Piedmont roadside boulders : Lower Wall
Return of the Nephilim   V5 6C     Boulder, 8'   Little Foxx Canyon : North Little Foxx
Tree Hugger   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   South Little Foxx : The Tree Boulder
Chump Unknown   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   First Street Boulder
Human Evolution   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   Ely's Peak Bouldering : ALC (Alternative Living Cav...
The Bipolar Traverse   V7 7A+     Boulder, 25'   South Little Foxx : The Depression Wall
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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Liber Abaci V9 7C PG13  MN : Duluth Rock (Duluth) : ... : North Little Foxx
Start on a terrible round rail and move up through two more crimpy rounded rails with poor feet. Once the crack is reached climbing gets much easier, follow the crack up and right and top out. Let me know if you send and take pics....[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

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Welcome to Duluth...Enjoy your stay!
Welcome to Duluth...Enjoy your stay!

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Comments displayed oldest to newestSkip Ahead to the Most Recent Dated Nov 28, 2012
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.
By BIATHLON
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.
By BIATHLON
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