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Section 13 Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Kris Gorny on Apr 12, 2006
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A north-facing ~60ft bluff with a choice of clean cracks and slabs. The anorthosite rock is different than that of Palisade Head and feels more like granite. The routes are accessed by rapping off from the top.

The approach trail leads straight to the clifftop with a very nice vista of the forrested surroundings. Section 13 is a good and desolate alternative on crowded days at Palisade and Shovel Point.

Getting There 

From Highway 61 turn into County Road 6. Drive for 2 miles at which point you should see a Superior Hiking Trail parking lot (gravel pit) on the right. If you see the cemetary on the right, you've driven too far. Leave the car at the parking lot and walk another ~100 yards along County Rd. 6 towards the trailhead . One mile hike leads directly to the top of Section 13 cliffs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Section 13

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Section 13:
We Don't Need No Steenkin Ledges   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Rubble Trouble Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Arrowhead Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 25'   
Digit Damage   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 60'   
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Featured Route For Section 13
Rock Climbing Photo: Digit Damage

Digit Damage 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Minnesota : Lake County Road 6 Area (No... : Section 13
Starting near the 'access gully', climb up the face and cracks to a fun juggy over hang. Establish yourself on the ledge, reach around the corner and feel for the finger crack and go! This is a blind placement if leading. Great exposure and strenous! Go do it!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Minnesota

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Rock Climbing Photo: Superior Hiking Trail trailhead for Section 13.
BETA PHOTO: Superior Hiking Trail trailhead for Section 13.
Rock Climbing Photo: Superior Hiking Trail parking lot. 2 miles along C...
BETA PHOTO: Superior Hiking Trail parking lot. 2 miles along C...

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By Tradiban
Jun 24, 2010
Is there a reason there are no directions here?
By Kris Gorny
Jun 24, 2010
Nick -- if you know the directions and are willing to provide them, I could re-assign this to you. Let me know.
By Ben Casper
From: River Falls, WI
Jul 2, 2010
Went for a trip up to the Head and found it very busy. Figured we would check out section 13... You people can have the head. The climbing here is great. The only down fall is the mile hike in, but it was way worth it. There is also a nice little camping spot about 60yds down the trail. Would be great for an overnight weekend of climbing. The parking area leaves a little to be desired as well. Also for a major hiking trail it is not very well marked.

By Tradiban
Jul 19, 2010
Directions are included in the Falcon guide and a summary is as follows: Park at the Superior Hiking Trail parking lot on Hwy 6. Walk north and look for the SHT sign on your right, follow the trail north.

After an initial "summit" descend, pass a spur trial, then up a final climb to a great view. Climbing is to your left. 30 minute hike.

Rap onto the start ledge or belay from the top.
By josh wabaunsee
Jul 19, 2010
30 min if you are booking it...45min with a full pack is closer to reality
By Sam Daley
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 9, 2010
Great Rock. Need / Deserves more traffic!

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