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10,000 Teeth 
Amateur, The 
Andy's Dyno 
Andy's Problem  
Back side of Lushes Lip 
Back Slapper 
Back Slapper Traverse 
beefstick buffet 
Betty's Pie 
Budda Boulder, The 
Counselor Moon 
Easy Crack 
Enter the Dragon 
Exodus, The 
Ezekiel's Prophecy 
General Porcupine 
IPOD Army 
Jim's Exit  
Juggernaut, The 
Luke's Jaws  
Lukewarm Persistance 
Lushes Lip Traverse 
My Stereo 
No Mas 
onion left slab 
Onion, The 
Origins of Symmetry  
Pit Fall 
Poppy Cock 
Private Porcupine 
Prow, The 
Puffer Cheeks 
Purple Rain 
Seamstress, The 
Smoking Man SDS, The 
Smoking Man Stand Start, The 
Sticky Icky 
Time is Running Out 
Umberger Helper 
Unknown Soilder 
Vag Badger 
Veyron Arete: (Was The Turnstile Project) 
Warm Up Slab Shorty 
Warm-Up Slab 
Woodchipper , The 
Woodpecker , The 

Picnic Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Chris Hirsch on Nov 22, 2006
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Another fun traverse along the lip on the side of ...


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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

55 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Picnic Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Picnic Rock:
Warm-Up Slab   V0-1 4+     Boulder   
The Prow   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   
Vag Badger   V4 6B     Boulder   
Absolution   V5 6C PG13     Boulder   
Andy's Problem    V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 8'   
Payback   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Jaws   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Lukewarm Persistance   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Sticky Icky   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Counselor Moon   V7+ 7A+     Boulder, 15'   
The Woodpecker    V8- 7B     Boulder, 15'   
The Exodus   V10-11 8A     Boulder   
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The Smoking Man SDS V10- 7C+ PG13  Minnesota : Sawmill Creek Dome : Picnic Rock
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Rock Climbing Photo: vag badger and poppy cock
vag badger and poppy cock
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By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Nov 22, 2006
I'm wondering: Why are all of the problems here rated V7? Is this because of a strange quirk of geology?
By Chris Hirsch
From: Rapid City, SD
Nov 22, 2006
What's even more weird is that several of the problems all have big right arm moves.
By Jonathan Williams
From: Minneapolis
Oct 6, 2008
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.
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Jun 28, 2009
Great job with all the pictures Lynn, I'm so stoked to make a trek up there.
From: Duluth Mn
Apr 2, 2010
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.
By Matthew Carlson
Apr 27, 2010
Isn't this area in the north shore "no chalk" area anyways?
By Sam Daley
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 10, 2010
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.

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