Most of the good bouldering in Minnesota is located here at the base of Sawmill Creek Dome. A very beautiful and secluded area, this is the go to place if your looking for some V7's. The season here is very short, usually spring is good, and the fall is even better. You can plan on good conditions most of the time in Sept and Oct, and if your lucky, Nov. A full day spent here will leave your finger pads extremely red and sore. The rock here looks and feels like granite, I have even heard of Sawmill being really similar to Squamish, but this rock is called Anthrosite which has many small sharp crystals that'll cut ya. Although I just made that sound really painful and not fun, its really not that bad at all.
Coming from the Superior Hiking Trail parking lot: Hike west on County rd 6 til you get to the Superior Hiking Trail entrance on the left. Then you'll be hiking on this trail for about 2 miles until you reach the Picnic Rock fork, also called the Spur Trail. Follow this trail near the base of the dome for a few minutes, and it'll bring you to the main cluster of boulders.
A very nice line. This climb took me forever until I came here when it was about 40 degrees and it went right away. Being that its a sloper fest it is very temperature dependent problem. Depending on the weather it could go anywhere from V5 to V9. Start as low as you can on the arete with hands matched on the v-shaped edge. Follow the slopers to a seam then top out over the nose/peak of the boulder....[more]Browse More Classics in MN
We have not done a good job of posting info on this area, In the next few months I will be trying to add photos (lines included) to MP. I will also be adding a few random problems we have done but never added. I think it would be great to see it updated by the fall season.
Was very upset today to find someone had dumped about half a bag of loose chalk on the start hold and heel hook of Payback recently. I know this is bouldering but we could show a little restraint in the amount of chalk we use.
This area is in the woods away from major tourist attractions. Chalk in not only excepted but encouraged.
as for the chalk spill, I agree it is not good to leave it but A good rain will take it out.
By Sam Daley From: Minneapolis, Minnesota Aug 10, 2010
Great area. Thanks for putting all this information online. It is really inspiring to see what everyone has worked on.
I added two photos to this area of problems that are currently not listed. I hope I can encourage someone to add any information they have one these. One traverses the lip on the side of the boulder with Jaws, and the other traverses the lip of the boulder with The Onion.