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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Picnic Rock:
Warm-Up Slab V0-1 4+ Boulder
Easy Crack V2 5+ Boulder
The Prow V3 6a Boulder, 12'
Vag Badger V4 6b Boulder
Poppy Cock V4 6b Boulder
Absolution V5 6c PG13 Boulder
Time is Running Out V6 7a PG13 Boulder
Sticky Icky V7 7a+ Boulder
Lukewarm Persistance V7 7a+ Boulder
Jaws V7 7a+ Boulder
Payback V7 7a+ Boulder
Counselor Moon V7+ 7a+ Boulder, 15'
The Woodpecker V8 7b Boulder, 15'
Foreplay V9- 7c Boulder, 15'
The Seamstress V9-10 7c+ Boulder
The Smoking Man SDS V10- 7c+ PG13 Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'
Veyron Arete: (Was The Turnstile Project) V10 7c+ Boulder, 15'
The Exodus V10-11 8a Boulder
The Woodchipper V11 8a PG13 Boulder, 20'
The Amateur V12-13 8b Boulder
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The Exodus V10-11 8a MN : Lake County Road 6 Area (No... : ... : Picnic Rock
One of the few proud lines in Minnesota. This technical and powerful traverse doesn't have any moves harder than V8, but it builds up after about 20'. The first third is a great warm up, then it gets serious with a deadpoint redpoint crux to a mean hold. Followed by a unique top out. Very fun!...[more] Browse More Classics in MN
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