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Elevation: 690 ft
GPS: 45.3986, -92.65139
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Warning 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. DetailsDrop down

INTERSTATE STATE PARK AT TAYLORS FALLS, MN Suggest change

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. Minnesota State Parks strongly endorse a "clean climbing" philosophy. In all but very limited, pre-approved instances, placement of hardware will be limited to that which can be temporarily placed using the climber's fingers. All such protection must be placed and removed without altering the rock."

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Taylors Falls, MN - Weather forecast

GETTING THERE

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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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Classic Climbing Routes at Interstate SP (Taylors Falls)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 43
Slicksides
Boulder
V4 6B
 23
Lunge or Plunge
Boulder
V4 6B R
 9
Sizzlefoot
TR, Boulder
V4 6B
 33
B2 Bomber
Boulder
V7-8 7B R
 8
Genetic Control
TR, Boulder
V11 8A
 4
Left of Lloyd's
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 90
Blue Moon
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 105
Rose Bush
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 148
Piece of Cake
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 66
Good Knight
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 89
Column Direct
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 90
Fallen Knight
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 168
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 52
Fancy Dancer
Trad, TR
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a V4 6B
 11
Lunge or Plunge
Trad, TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Slicksides Interstate SP B… > Slicksides Pit
 43
V2 5+ Boulder
Lunge or Plunge Interstate SP B… > Slicksides Pit
 23
V4 6B Boulder
Sizzlefoot Interstate SP B… > Sizzlefoot Wall
 9
V4 6B R TR, Boulder
B2 Bomber Interstate SP B… > Boonyards aka The B2 Pit
 33
V4 6B Boulder
Genetic Control Interstate SP B… > Sizzlefoot Wall
 8
V7-8 7B R TR, Boulder
Left of Lloyd's Interstate SP B… > Boneyards
 4
V11 8A Boulder
Blue Moon Minnesota Strip
 90
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Rose Bush Minnesota Strip
 105
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Piece of Cake Minnesota Strip
 148
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Good Knight Minnesota Strip
 66
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Column Direct Minnesota Strip
 89
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Fallen Knight Minnesota Strip
 90
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge Minnesota Strip
 168
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Fancy Dancer Minnesota Strip
 52
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
Lunge or Plunge Pot Holes Area
 11
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a V4 6B Trad, TR, Boulder
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