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Minneopa Falls (Minneopa State Park)

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Minneopa Falls (Minneopa State Park)  

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Submitted By: Pete Hunt on Feb 21, 2009
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  • Description 

    The Minneopa Falls are a gem of the Mankato area. While there is no noteworthy rock climbing in Mankato other than some bouldering, these falls give a viable alternative for the climbing enthusiast during the winter months. Spectators are possible as there is a perfect view of the falls from the railing on the sidewalk above. That said, you will probably have the place to yourself.

    Although probably not appropriate as a road trip destination, these falls can be a lot of fun if the conditions are good and you're in the area!

    Getting There 

    Take 169 south out of Mankato for about 2 or 3 miles and follow the signs to Minneopa Falls. Once you turn right off of 169, keep going straight and eventually take a left into the park.

    The falls are a very short walk from the parking lot. To get to the base of the falls, follow the sidewalk and walk down the long set of stairs. From here you will need to follow the frozen river or walk along its side. Alternatively, rappel off your TR anchor to avoid the walk.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 2.5 miles from here

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    The structure of this waterfall will vary almost every time you see it. It typically thaws and refreezes numerous times over the course of the Minnesota winter. At the start of this season (Jan. '09) it was one pillar and now it is late February and it covers the whole face like the water runs during the summertime....[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

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    Pete and Tyler climbing the falls
    Pete and Tyler climbing the falls
    The waterfall in its "pillar form" in early January.
    The waterfall in its "pillar form" in ea...
    These falls change a lot over the course of the winter.
    These falls change a lot over the course of the wi...
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