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Crane Lake Wall Rock Climbing 

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On the north west bay of Crane Lake is a wall that is 50'-60' tall and could host about 30 routes. There would be some TR faces and trad leads.

The rock is fairly clean and well featured for climbing. As far as I am aware there is no currently established routes on this wall. It is one of the most accessible areas to get to by boat or canoe.

Just to the south east there is a National park camping area. It is on the west side of the channel that leads to Sandpoint lake.

Getting There 

Boat or canoe from the town of Crane lake to the far north west bay of Crane Lake. The crag is on the east side facing west. It is about 100' in the woods and will be obvious as you get close.

Climbing Season

For the Jeff's World (MN/CA border) area.

Weather station 15.8 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Bob entering the crux on the first ascent

Sentinel Pine Right V4 6B  Minnesota : Jeff's World (MN/CA border) : Crane Lake Wall
Directly below Orange Lichen Line sits a gorgeous boulder with two excellent problems. Both sit start on the overhanging arete.This line trends right through sloppers and crimps, finishing with compression moves on the far right arete, then into an easy but slightly heady slab finish. Probably the best V4 in the state, if not the midwest. Folks gotta try this rig!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Minnesota

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Rock Climbing Photo: View of Crane Lake from the top of the orange lich...
View of Crane Lake from the top of the orange lich...
Rock Climbing Photo: The canoe approach to the Crane Lake wall. If you ...
The canoe approach to the Crane Lake wall. If you ...
Rock Climbing Photo: See the main wall through the trees.  The wall con...
See the main wall through the trees. The wall con...

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By Sean Wolf
From: Denver, CO
Jul 24, 2009
I went here about three weeks ago in the evening. There is no trail and the bugs were really bad. Probably a better endeavor in the winter. Anyway the wall is super impressive, with tons of opportunity for routes. There is one section that is at least 75 feet tall with an overhung imposing headwall at the top. I hiked around to the top and setup a top-rope on a part of the wall a bit west of this headwall feature. There was a secondary ledge that I rapped down to in order to setup the top rope from. I ended up climbing a shallow right facing corner. It involved lots of lie backing and some finger locks even! Probably about 50 feet long. It went at about 5.10 due to its extremely dirty nature (had to avoid some loose hand holds as well). It was still a lot of fun, but an adventure and one that I definitely wouldn't do again in July. I bought my belayer a case of beer for dealing with the bugs. Does the density of the brush go down signifigantly in the colder months? I'm sure the density of the bugs does :D. Anyway, would be fun to go back to some time, but I would definitely bring a wire brush (or power washer).
By KurtH
Aug 22, 2016
This pretty wall could see 5-10 decent new routes in the 5.8 - 5.11 range for whoever is willing to do some cleaning. Possibly some harder routes too but they would likely be one move wonders.

The rock quality is top notch, although with the exception of the already established trad classics Orange Lichen Line and The Enigma Line, most of the cliff is only about 35-50 feet.

An excellent option to visit for those without a passport or powerboat as it's only a 45-60 minute canoe paddle from Nelsons Lodge. Due to the bugs, the best time to visit is mid-August through October. Several campsites are available near the climbing too.

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