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Elevation: 30 ft
GPS: 47.976, -91.498 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jay Brooks on Apr 18, 2012 with updates from Bria Schurke
Admins: Kris Gorny, Chris treggE
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Ennis Lake is beautiful and quiet place to climb. It takes a 20-30 min hike to get to the rock, but the trip is well worth the walk. You will most likely be the only climber there with a possibility of seeing a few hikers. there is a number of climbs from crack to overhangs, with all climbs being set for top belay or sling-shot belay. There are a number of solid trees for anchor points and the view over the lake is magnificent. the rock is solid with little worries of of loose rock. The climbs would most likely be from 5.7 to 5.9.

Getting There

Take 169 north through Ely, stay on this road through the town of Winton where it is also known as Fernberg Rd. and turns into Co HWY 18/Fernberg Trail. You will continue on this road for about 14 miles. You will then turn left on Forest Route 438, there should be a sign for Norther Teir Boy Scout base. You will go about 2.5 miles and park in a small lot on the right side of the road. There is only one trail heading back into the woods from the parking lot which will take you to Ennis Lake if you follow the signs.
   The hike is 1.3 miles to the crag. Keep turning right at the trail junctions and stay on the lookout for the unsigned spur trail to the climbong area at Ennis. It's easy to miss. 

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Some bolts showed up at the Ennis Lake Crag in the summer of '17. Any information about who and why they were installed would be beneficial. As it is, they are not long for life if no info comes about. I can be reached at lkramer at d.umn.edu if any information is known. The local orgs that use the crag as their home crag are likely going to give them the snip. Jul 11, 2017
Bria Schurke   MN
Thank Lucas! Id also like to add that I think it'd be awesome if we started using tree protection at this crag. Our climbing areas are limited in northern Minnesota, it doesnt take much extra work to bring a few pieces of carpet or towels to protect the natural anchors, and its a great demonstration of stewardship and respect for the area, let alone good LNT practice. The international slackline community advocates for tree protection, so should climbers. Some of the trees are showing obvious signs of wear from webbing anchors rubbing on them. It'd be great to keep these trees available for future generations and to demonstrate to the local community that we are stewards of these areas...especially if we want to try to develop other locations in the surrounding area. May 22, 2018

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