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Elevation: 1,502 ft
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Shared By: Chris Hirsch on Nov 22, 2006
Admins: Kris Gorny, Chris treggE

Description

Minnesota's best bouldering spot is located here at the base of Sawmill Creek Dome. A very beautiful and secluded area with a high concentration of quality boulders in a relatively small area. The season here is very short, usually spring is good, and the fall is even better. You can plan on good conditions most of the time in late Sept and Oct, and if your lucky, Nov. A full day spent here will leave your finger pads extremely red and sore. The rock here looks and feels like granite, but is actually called Anorthosite. Even though development began in 2000, the tick list is continually being expanded. Potential especially lies in the double digit range.

Getting There

Coming from the Superior Hiking Trail parking lot: Hike west on County rd 6 til you get to the Superior Hiking Trail entrance on the left. Then you'll be hiking on this trail for about 2 miles until you reach the Picnic Rock fork, also called the Spur Trail. Follow this trail near the base of the dome for a few minutes, and it'll bring you to the main cluster of boulders.

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Sam Daley
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sam Daley   Minneapolis, Minnesota
Great area. Thanks for putting all this information online. It is really inspiring to see what everyone has worked on.

I added two photos to this area of problems that are currently not listed. I hope I can encourage someone to add any information they have one these. One traverses the lip on the side of the boulder with Jaws, and the other traverses the lip of the boulder with The Onion. Aug 10, 2010
Isn't this area in the north shore "no chalk" area anyways? Apr 27, 2010
BIATHLON
Duluth Mn
BIATHLON   Duluth Mn
Was very upset today to find someone had dumped about half a bag of loose chalk on the start hold and heel hook of Payback recently. I know this is bouldering but we could show a little restraint in the amount of chalk we use. Apr 2, 2010
Remo
Madison, WI
Remo   Madison, WI
Great job with all the pictures Lynn, I'm so stoked to make a trek up there. Jun 28, 2009
Jonathan Williams
Minneapolis
Jonathan Williams   Minneapolis
Amazingly, there's almost no feet for many of these problems... It's an amazing area though, not to mention visually beautiful on its own right. Oct 6, 2008
Chris Hirsch
Rapid City, SD
Chris Hirsch   Rapid City, SD
What's even more weird is that several of the problems all have big right arm moves. Nov 22, 2006
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
I'm wondering: Why are all of the problems here rated V7? Is this because of a strange quirk of geology? Nov 22, 2006

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