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Picnic Rock

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Payback 
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Time is Running Out 
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Picnic Rock 


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Location: 47.4031, -91.1637 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Hirsch on Nov 22, 2006
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Description 

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.


Getting There 

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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['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Picnic Rock:
Warm-Up Slab   V0-1 4+     Boulder   
10,000 Teeth   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   
Easy Crack   V2 5+     Boulder   
beefstick buffet   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   
The Prow   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   
Vag Badger   V4 6B     Boulder   
Poppy Cock   V4 6B     Boulder   
IPOD Army   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   
Umberger Helper   V5 6C     Boulder   
Absolution   V5 6C PG13     Boulder   
Betty's Pie   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, 12'   
Lukewarm Persistance   V7 7A+     Boulder   
My Stereo   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Jaws   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Payback   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Sticky Icky   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Counselor Moon   V7+ 7A+     Boulder, 15'   
The Woodpecker    V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   
The Juggernaut   V9-10 7C+     Boulder   
The Exodus   V10-11 8A     Boulder   
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a slopey rail that tends to be temperature/humidity dependant

Payback V7 7A+  MN : Lake County Road 6 Area (No... : ... : Picnic Rock
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

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Unknown Soilder
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vag badger and poppy cock
vag badger and poppy cock
Another fun traverse along the lip on the side of the boulder with Jaws.
Another fun traverse along the lip on the side of ...
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By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
Nov 22, 2006

I'm wondering: Why are all of the problems here rated V7? Is this because of a strange quirk of geology?

By Chris Hirsch
From: Rapid City, SD
Nov 22, 2006

What's even more weird is that several of the problems all have big right arm moves.

By Jonathan Williams
From: Palo Alto, CA
Oct 6, 2008

Amazingly, there's almost no feet for many of these problems... It's an amazing area though, not to mention visually beautiful on its own right.

By nicros fivten
Jun 4, 2009

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.

By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Jun 28, 2009

Great job with all the pictures Lynn, I'm so stoked to make a trek up there.

By BIATHLON
From: Duluth Mn
Apr 2, 2010

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.

By Matthew Carlson
Apr 27, 2010

Isn't this area in the north shore "no chalk" area anyways?

By nicros fivten
Apr 28, 2010

No,

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.

By nicros fivten
Oct 25, 2010

Here is a terrible video I put together of some of the classics and the "Turnstile Project".