Ice and mixed climbing in this wild river setting provide a very accessible wilderness-like climbing environment. Up to 8 or so routes form somewhat unreliably, and variably, from year to year depending on what you call "in." Routes range about 65 feet in length (+/-).
North of Little Marais on Highway 61. Look for the River's signage on the bridge. Either take the river north (when passable) or follow the north lip of the canyon while avoiding tresspassing on private property. If following lip, stick to the woods on the north rim until you can hear the Falls. Drop down to edge and walk a bit down river to look for slings on trees on the tops of routes 7 and 8.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Manitou River (North Shore):
Route 2 WI4+ M6 Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, 60 feet
Route 8 WI2+ Trad, TR, Ice, 60 feet
Route 4 M6 TR, Mixed, 60 feet
Route 3 WI4- Trad, TR, Ice, 60 feet
Route 7 WI3 Trad, TR, Ice, 60 feet
Route 6 WI5-6 M6 Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, 65 feet
Route 5 (a.k.a. Lady in Waiting) WI6 M8 Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, 65 feet
Featured Route For Manitou River (North Shore)
Route 6 WI5-6 M6 MN : Manitou River (North Shore)
A thin pencil touches the rock at about 3 places on its fall from the rock band of the rim of the canyon. Otherwise, it hangs free from the face. Follow it, delicatley, sometimes using edges and ice blobs on the face if needed, to the final rock headwall and pull through to top. If it's fat enough to lead, stop at ice and V-thread down....[more] Browse More Classics in MN