Elevation: 690 ft
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Shared By: Glenn Burns on Apr 5, 2006 · Updates
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Access Issue: Climbing permits are required for all group and individual climbers at Interstate State Park. Permits are free, and must be renewed each year. Details

INTERSTATE STATE PARK AT TAYLORS FALLS, MN

The quaint Minnesota village of Taylors Falls is a short hour (45 miles) away to the northeast of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. A small town of approximately 1000 residents, this area is jam packed with all-year recreational activities. There are many things to do in the immediate area. Wild Mountain Recreation offers a water park, alpine slide and go karts during summer months, and skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing for wintertime fun. Canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and climbing are favorite warm-weather activities.

Rock climbing is mostly located in the Interstate State Park. This 300-acre area is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and is one of the four state parks specifically designated for rock climbing activities. Interstate Park sees a lot of traffic; upwards of 370,000 annual visitors come out to check out the geologic wonders at the park. It's not unusual to be applauded by a large crowd when one finishes a climb in the Tourist Area. Climbers are required to obtain a climbing permit free of charge from the Park Ranger station, and must carry it with them while climbing. The permits are valid for the calendar year.

Interstate Park is a traditional climbing and bouldering area; there are no bolted sport routes.

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GETTING THERE

From the Twin Cities (and points south)

Head north on I-35E or I-35W (depending on where you are on the cities), continue on I-35 heading north to Duluth. Take US-8 (exit 132) and follow US-8 east towards Taylors Falls approximately 16 miles. At the bottom of a prominent hill is a stop sign. Turn right in to the Interstate Park parking lot. If you get to the bridge over the St. Croix, you've passed the entrance. If you see the welcome to Wisconsin sign... you are on your own.

From Duluth (and points north)

Head south on I-35 towards Minneapolis/St Paul. Take US-8 (exit 132) and follow US-8 east towards Taylors Falls approximately 16 miles. At the bottom of a prominent hill is a stop sign. Turn right in to the Interstate Park parking lot. If you get to the bridge over the St. Croix, you've passed the entrance. If you see the welcome to Wisconsin sign... you are on your own.

From St. Cloud (and points west)

Head east on MN-95, stay on MN-95 until you get to Taylors Falls.

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V4 6B
 25
B2 Bomber
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 55
Sonny and Juanita
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 49
The Other One
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 80
Blue Moon
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 97
Rose Bush
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 50
Keyhole
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 58
Columeister
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 50
The Column
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 123
Piece of Cake
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 57
Piece of Pie
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 54
Good Knight
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 75
Fallen Knight
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 78
Column Direct
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 141
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 43
Fancy Dancer
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
B2 Bomber Interstate SP B… > Boonyards aka The B2 Pit
 25
V4 6B Boulder
Sonny and Juanita Tourist Rocks
 55
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
The Other One Tourist Rocks
 49
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Blue Moon Minnesota Strip
 80
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Rose Bush Minnesota Strip
 97
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Keyhole Keyhole Area
 50
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Columeister Minnesota Strip
 58
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
The Column Minnesota Strip
 50
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Piece of Cake Minnesota Strip
 123
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Piece of Pie Minnesota Strip
 57
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Good Knight Minnesota Strip
 54
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Fallen Knight Minnesota Strip
 75
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Column Direct Minnesota Strip
 78
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge Minnesota Strip
 141
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Fancy Dancer Minnesota Strip
 43
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
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