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Areas in Interstate SP (Taylors Falls)

Angle Rock 3 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Boneyards 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Delicate Dihedral 6 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Devils Chair Area 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Highway 8 Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Interstate State Park Bouldering 0 / 0 / 8 / 68 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 68
Keyhole Area 8 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Minnesota Strip 15 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Pit, The 6 / 0 / 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Pot Holes Area 10 / 0 / 10 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Second Overlook 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Tourist Rocks 7 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7

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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V3-4 6A+
Twinkletoes
Boulder
V4 6B
B2 Bomber
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Sonny and Juanita
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
The Other One
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Blue Moon
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Rose Bush
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
The Column
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Piece of Cake
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Piece of Pie
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Good Knight
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Fallen Knight
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Column Direct
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Fancy Dancer
Trad, TR
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a V4 6B
Lunge or Plunge
Trad, TR, Boulder
Twinkletoes Interstate SP Bou… > Minnesota Side Bo… > Pit V3-4 6A+ Boulder
B2 Bomber Interstate SP Bou… > Minnesota Side Bo… > Boonyards aka The B2 Pit V4 6B Boulder
Sonny and Juanita Tourist Rocks 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
The Other One Tourist Rocks 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Blue Moon Minnesota Strip 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Rose Bush Minnesota Strip 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
The Column Minnesota Strip 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Piece of Cake Minnesota Strip 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Piece of Pie Minnesota Strip 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Good Knight Minnesota Strip 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Fallen Knight Minnesota Strip 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Column Direct Minnesota Strip 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge Minnesota Strip 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Fancy Dancer Minnesota Strip 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
Lunge or Plunge Pot Holes Area 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a V4 6B Trad, TR, Boulder
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Questions:
1. Do you need a Wisconsin or Minnesota Vehicle Access Pass, or will either work?
2. Camping... preferably the cheapest and most primitive option... because I'm a dirtbag climber.
3. Anyone know of a spot in the vicinity that one might leave a vehicle for three nights where it might not be towed or ticketed?
4. Anyone want to climb this weekend? :D May 26, 2016
The MN Bouldering guide has an extensive section on Taylors Falls bouldering. The author Richard Cargill spend over a year making sure every problem at Taylors Falls was climbed and documented accurately. You can order online at escapeclimbing.com/extra/mn…
Nov 5, 2013
Hi!

After some amazingly fun family bouldering trips to the falls, we've decided to set a goal of toproping by the end of summer 2013.

We've gathered enough gear for the four of us, but our experience with TR outside of the gym is nill.

I was hoping to reach out to someone with experience setting TR in the falls, and maybe learn a thing or two.

Any suggestions are welcomed. Jan 17, 2013
Hi Pete Scott,

Good to hear from you.
I am still around and still climbing, though not as often as I would like.
When I can get out I still prefer to seek out virgin stone for the FA, since, for me, it is more creative and adventuresome.
I have become an inbred local in Douglas County, Colorado.
I can see Castlewood Canyon from my front window and Devils Head from my back window.
These two areas consume most of my time, though I do get out of my box from time to time.
I talk to Peter VonGrossman from time to time.
I do miss the old days and the Minnesota crew.
Do you still get out and climb? Oct 7, 2011
Tom Hanson you old cartoonist, how are you?

For those of you who don't know, Tom drew the cartoons for "Close to the Edge, Down by the River a Climbers Guide to Interstate Park" i.e. Taylors Falls.

In 1988 Peter VonGrossmann and I authored and published this fine book. We revised it a few years later.

Times were certainly different then. This was before the rise in popularity of climbing. Smoking cigarettes (and other things), drinking (we usually had a beer in our chalk bag). We had a lot of fun but alas we had to grow up.

Hope you all are having fun climbing. Sep 20, 2011
randy baum
Minneapolis, MN
randy baum   Minneapolis, MN
no water. as of 4/29, both sides of the park were above water. Apr 30, 2011
Matt Krieger
Minneapolis, MN
Matt Krieger   Minneapolis, MN
Someone recently added a beefy chain around one of the big boulders at the top of the Keyhole Direct route so you don't have to sling it anymore. Not sure who/when but it's definitely shiny and new (as of when I saw it 04/10/2010). As with all TR anchors I find out in the wild, I still set some other anchors around it. I would recommend you do the same. May 3, 2010
Jonathan Williams
Minneapolis
Jonathan Williams   Minneapolis
Nope. Permanent anchors are not allowed in the State Park. A few old bolts are present over less popular climbs, which the park is particularly displeased about. There is extensive adequate trees and cracks for setting up topropes over all climbs. Top-rope setup skills required. May 1, 2010
Hi ya'll. I was wondering if anyone knows if there are any rocks at TP that have anchor systems at the top for top rope climbing permanently setup. Thanks. May 1, 2010
Blake K
Carrboro, NC
Blake K   Carrboro, NC
Anyone heading to TF this Saturday (4/24)? Looking to do some top roping for a few hours... Apr 19, 2010
Blake K
Carrboro, NC
Blake K   Carrboro, NC
Tom,

Just started climbing at Taylors Falls last summer, so crazy stuff to report on yet. If you're ever back in the neighborhood and want to scout out That Dam Rock send me a message or post - you bring the beta and I'll supply the beer!

-Blake May 11, 2009
Matthew Prom
West Saint Paul, MN
Matthew Prom   West Saint Paul, MN
Hey Tom,

I don't know if anyone has sent you a message regarding your comment at all. I thought I had heard something about it before, but don't recall where. Some of the other guys/gals from MN who climb out there more frequently might know something about it. I will ask around,and the next time I am out there I will take a stroll to the Dam. -MP Apr 4, 2008
Back in the seventies, my friends and I toproped all of the lines on That Dam Rock. I don't know if it still goes by that name, but this rock is on the Minnesota side, just below the dam that is upstream from the bridge.
When we first climbed on this rock, we were pulling off loose stuff with every move and it appeared that we were doing new lines.
Nothing had been published on this rock and I moved to Colorado back in 82, where I no longer am privy to the goings on at TF.
Can anyone add any information about That Dam Rock?
Does it still go by that name?
Has it finally cleaned up into some nice lines? Jan 18, 2008
I believe I left my .75 Black Diamond camalot near Sentinal. If anybody found it and would like to return the booty, I'd appreciate it! sas@umn.edu Jul 31, 2007
How come no one besides Ian and Glenn have added anything to this Interstate Park site?
Thank you Glenn and Ian!
I used to be a Taylors Falls Local (circa 1972-82).
I am always intersted in any new development in the area, or fun stories from the past, and this site is lacking both.
I illustrated the guidebook "Close to the Edge, Down by the River"
- a short-lived and out of print guidebook to Taylors Falls circa early eighties.
Back in the seventies, my friends and I toproped all of the lines on That Dam Rock. I don't know if it still goes by that name, but this rock is on the Minnesota side, just below the dam that is upstream from the bridge.
When we first climbed on this rock, we were pulling off loose stuff with every move and it appeared that we were doing new lines.
Nothing had been published on this rock and I moved to Colorado back in 82, where I no longer am privy to the goings on at TF.
Can anyone add any information about That Dam Rock?
Does it still go by that name?
Has it finally cleaned up into some nice lines? Nov 22, 2006

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