Elevation: 738 ft
GPS: 47.32, -91.211 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: nodin on Apr 12, 2006 · Updates
Admins: Kris Gorny, K Ice
Access Issue: Temporary Peregrine Falcon access restrictions Details

Description

Palisade Head is the most serious and richest crag in Minnesota. With very few climbs easier than 5.8 and the bulk of climbs harder than 5.10, this is the place in Minnesota to hone your hardman skills. Between several off-width, hand and heinous finger cracks, crystal faces, or stunning arête's, there should be enough variety here to please almost anyone!

The Southern Ramparts are generally closed early in the season for Falcon nesting. Keep an eye out for posted closure signs and respect closures to avoid conflict with the Park.

Climbs in the Amphitheatre tend to be the most popular and crowded and are also most easily visited by tourists. Plenty of crack systems to be found along the entire top of the Head to build anchors. If you are not feeling confident, a pair of ascenders is a good idea.

Getting There

About 2 Miles before the turn in for Tettegouche State Park

80 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Palisade Head

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 83
Quetico Crack
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 89
Danger High Voltage
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 76
Superior Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 108
Phantom Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 112
Bluebells
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 63
Mack the Knife
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 43
Laceration Jam
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 65
Scars and Tripes Forever
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 80
Rapprochement
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 67
Urge to Mate
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 42
A Feathery Tong
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 53
Hidden Treasure
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 51
Don't bring a knife to a gun fig…
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
 51
Poseidon Adventure
Trad 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 27
Oz - (AKA The Road To Emerald City)
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Quetico Crack
 83
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Danger High Voltage
 89
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Superior Crack
 76
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Phantom Crack
 108
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Bluebells
 112
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Mack the Knife
 63
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Laceration Jam
 43
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Scars and Tripes Forever
 65
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Rapprochement
 80
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Urge to Mate
 67
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
A Feathery Tong
 42
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR
Hidden Treasure
 53
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
Don't bring a knife to a gu…
 51
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Poseidon Adventure
 51
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Oz - (AKA The Road To Emera…
 27
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
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