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BLUE MOUNDS STATE PARK AT LUVERNE, MN

Blue Mounds State Park is located in the southwest corner of Minnesota. Located approximately 4 miles from the town of Luverne, BMSP offers rock climbing on quartzite similar to the rocks at Devils Lake, WI. The quartzite cliffs rise approximately 100 feet from the prairie and offer 50-60 foot climbs of various difficulty from 5.4 to 5.12. The area is primarily a traditional climbing crag, but top roping is possible with the proper gear. There are also number of bouldering problems. There are no bolted routes.

Getting There

Park Entrance
From the town of Luverne, go north 4 miles on Minnesota Hwy. 75. Turn east on County Road 20 (aka 161st st.) and go 1 mile to park entrance.

Climbing parking
The most commonly used climbing parking lot is off Rock County 8 (aka 141st street.) From Luverne take 75 north about 1 mile out of town (or from the state park ranger office at the camp ground take 75 south) and turn east on Rock County 8. Continue on Rock County 8 for 1.2 miles. As the road forks to the right there is a small parking lot on the left- park here. The majority of the approach trails are off the paved bike/pedestrian path. This bike/pedestrian path can also be reached from the camp grounds and you can approach the cliff from the north rather than the south (as long as you don't mind a bit of a walk.) Some climbs (particularly those in the forest) may be reached via Burr Oak Trail in the quarry.

As of 2018 climbers are no longer asked to visit the state park ranger office for registration prior to climbing. Instead, please have all members of your party register at the self-registration box in the parking lot described above.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Blue Mounds State Park (Luverne)

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V3 6A
 12
Sweat and Slide
Boulder
V4 6B
 6
Lip Sync
Boulder
V6 7A
 4
Pieta
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 43
Ivy Right
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 27
Crazy Crack
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 17
Kanaranzi Corner
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 63
Jasper's Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
X
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 11
Kanaranzi Right
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 21
Mean Streak
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Balcony Center
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Oath of Fealty
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Warrior's Waltz
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
Purgatory
Trad, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 11
The Layback
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sweat and Slide Bouldering @ Bl… > Bur Oak Trail > Boulder Area 2
 12
V3 6A Boulder
Lip Sync Bouldering @ Bl… > E Quarry Boulder
 6
V4 6B Boulder
Pieta Bouldering @ Bl… > Quarry Boulder
 4
V6 7A Boulder
Ivy Right Prairie Walls Area > 5. Saturday Buttress
 43
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Crazy Crack N Quarry Area > Kanaranzi Buttress (E…
 27
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Kanaranzi Corner N Quarry Area > Kanaranzi Buttress (S…
 17
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Jasper's Dihedral Prairie Walls Area > 5. Saturday Buttress
 63
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
X Prairie Walls Area > 9. Chimney Buttress
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Kanaranzi Right N Quarry Area > Kanaranzi Buttress (E…
 11
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
Mean Streak Prairie Walls Area > 6. Midnight Buttress
 21
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Balcony Center Prairie Walls Area > 7. Sunday Buttress
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Oath of Fealty N Quarry Area > Bison Buttress
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Warrior's Waltz Prairie Walls Area > 7. Sunday Buttress
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Purgatory N Quarry Area > Kanaranzi Buttress (E…
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
The Layback N Quarry Area > Kanaranzi Buttress (S…
 11
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c TR
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