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Silver Creek Tunnel Rock Climbing 

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Gully climbs and sweet icefalls form on the lake side of the tunnel (ie, Silver Creek Cliff) in winter. For ice, this area is better early in the season as it tends to burn out later.
There are also a few bolted sport routes and potential for a few trad lines here but the rock is pretty crumbly and more cleaning would be in order.
There is a bike route directly below the cliff and since MNDOT maintains the area, bikers and tourists get the right of way...

Getting There 

About 8 miles north of Two Harbors. Park in the scenic pull off and follow the bike trail up to the cliff.

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Weather station 12.4 miles from here

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Elyse's Revenge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  MN : Gooseberry / Silver Creek I... : Silver Creek Tunnel
A short sport route climbing a slopey and scrappy arete. The rock quality is poor but large pieces are not likely to come your way up and pay attention to your feet.One of the top anchors is a spinner......[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

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Rock Climbing Photo: Ice at Silver Creek
BETA PHOTO: Ice at Silver Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: Gully at Silver Creek
BETA PHOTO: Gully at Silver Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: Racking up for a slopey arete climb
BETA PHOTO: Racking up for a slopey arete climb

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By Eric Superior
From: Duluth, MN
Jan 29, 2008
I put up this route in the spring of 2004. The climb is called Elyse�s Revenge and is rated at 5.7. The route is as flakey and crumbly as a bad relationship. The crux comes to thirds of the way up as the holds get more thin and crumbly as you make your way over the bulge towards the top anchors. This route will test your footwork and your ability to hold on to sloper, much like a over-obsessive girlfriend. The route usually gets better in the summer as the loose rock dries up and falls off.

It has been a couple of years since I have been there. I used to go to UMD there in Duluth. The bolts are bomber 4 inchers and were hand placed. If I would have spent more time hitting the books and less time drilling holes my grades would have been much higher. Thanks for the post. -Eric
By S. Stember
From: St. Paul, MN
Sep 8, 2012
what's the bolted face downhill from this arete climb?
By Lucas Kramer
From: Duluth, MN
Jun 17, 2013
Hi folks, I'm interested in speaking with the person(s) placing bolts here over the last couple years. Feel free to contact me at

There has been some relatively recent activity and I'm interested in finding out who/what quality work is being done. Thanks!
By Ron Le Blanc
Mar 5, 2016
Hey Eric. The route you call Eylese's Revenge is actually called Simple Pleasures. I, Ron Le Blanc, completed the first assent and put in the original bolts in 1996, not long after the tunnel was completed and the area opened up to climbing. I went back there three or so years later and discovered that the route was chopped. My partner Todd Peterson and I put up a few other routes that summer, both trad and sport. I will try and take some time soon and add them to MP.

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