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INTERSTATE STATE PARK AT TAYLORS FALLS, MN 

The quaint Minnesota village of Taylors Falls is a short hour (45 miles) away to the northeast of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. A small town of approximately 1000 residents, this area is jam packed with all-year recreational activities. There are many things to do in the immediate area. Wild Mountain Recreation offers a water park, alpine slide and go karts during summer months, and skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing for wintertime fun. Canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and climbing are favorite warm-weather activities.

Rock climbing is mostly located in the Interstate State Park. This 300-acre area is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and is one of the four state parks specifically designated for rock climbing activities. Interstate Park sees a lot of traffic; upwards of 370,000 annual visitors come out to check out the geologic wonders at the park. It's not unusual to be applauded by a large crowd when one finishes a climb in the Tourist Area. Climbers are required to obtain a climbing permit free of charge from the Park Ranger station, and must carry it with them while climbing. The permits are valid for the calendar year.

Interstate Park is a traditional climbing and bouldering area; there are no bolted sport routes.

WEATHER AT INTERSTATE STATE PARK 

Taylors Falls, MN - Weather forecast

GETTING THERE 

From the Twin Cities (and points south)

Head north on I-35E or I-35W (depending on where you are on the cities), continue on I-35 heading north to Duluth. Take US-8 (exit 132) and follow US-8 east towards Taylors Falls approximately 16 miles. At the bottom of a prominent hill is a stop sign. Turn right in to the Interstate Park parking lot. If you get to the bridge over the St. Croix, you've passed the entrance. If you see the welcome to Wisconsin sign... you are on your own.

From Duluth (and points north)

Head south on I-35 towards Minneapolis/St Paul. Take US-8 (exit 132) and follow US-8 east towards Taylors Falls approximately 16 miles. At the bottom of a prominent hill is a stop sign. Turn right in to the Interstate Park parking lot. If you get to the bridge over the St. Croix, you've passed the entrance. If you see the welcome to Wisconsin sign... you are on your own.

From St. Cloud (and points west)

Head east on MN-95, stay on MN-95 until you get to Taylors Falls.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.3 miles from here

138 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Interstate SP (Taylors Falls):
Slicksides   V0-1 4+     Boulder, 15'   Minnesota Side Bouldering : Slicksides Pit
Spider Tracks   V3 6A     Boulder, 14'   Minnesota Side Bouldering : The Boneyards
Twinkletoes   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 12'   Minnesota Side Bouldering : The Pit
Lunge or Plunge   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Minnesota Side Bouldering : Slicksides Pit
Sizzlefoot   V4 6B R     TR, Boulder, 20'   Minnesota Side Bouldering : Sizzlefoot Wall
B2 Bomber   V4 6B     Boulder, 14'   Minnesota Side Bouldering : The Boonyards aka The B2 Pi...
Genetic Control   V7-8 7B R     TR, Boulder, 20'   Minnesota Side Bouldering : Sizzlefoot Wall
Blue Moon   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Minnesota Strip
Rose Bush   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Minnesota Strip
The Column   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 75'   Minnesota Strip
Piece of Cake   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Minnesota Strip
Piece of Pie   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Minnesota Strip
Double Cracks a.k.a. Hamburger Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Keyhole Area
Good Knight   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Minnesota Strip
Keyhole Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Keyhole Area
Fallen Knight   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Minnesota Strip
Column Direct   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 85'   Minnesota Strip
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Minnesota Strip
Fancy Dancer   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   Minnesota Strip
Lunge or Plunge   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a V4 6B     Trad, TR, Boulder   Pot Holes Area
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The Minnesota State Parks Service requests that climbers do not climb inside of potholes, which would include this route. This climb additionally has the potential of you slipping into an unpleasent algae-laden pool. This climb is included for historical purposes. Traverse out a good jug rail without feet, and make a hard reach up into the crack. Top out....[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

Photos of Interstate SP (Taylors Falls) Slideshow Add Photo
BH sending a new TR at Taylor Falls, circa 1987.
BH sending a new TR at Taylor Falls, circa 1987.
climbers guide to Interstate Park i.e. Taylors Falls
climbers guide to Interstate Park i.e. Taylors Fal...
The Bulge 2009
The Bulge 2009
Everyone climbing @ Taylor's Falls should file a permit to climb. It is Free and is great for access/park relations. <br /> <br />(Even if you are just bouldering) <br /> <br />
Everyone climbing @ Taylor's Falls should file a p...
View of the St. Croix River from the top of Angle Rock within Interstate Park.
View of the St. Croix River from the top of Angle ...
Tom Hanson cartoon from "Close to the Edge, Down by the River" climbers guide to Interstate Park
Tom Hanson cartoon from "Close to the Edge, Down b...

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By Tom Hanson
Nov 22, 2006
How come no one besides Ian and Glenn have added anything to this Interstate Park site?
Thank you Glenn and Ian!
I used to be a Taylors Falls Local (circa 1972-82).
I am always intersted in any new development in the area, or fun stories from the past, and this site is lacking both.
I illustrated the guidebook "Close to the Edge, Down by the River"
- a short-lived and out of print guidebook to Taylors Falls circa early eighties.
Back in the seventies, my friends and I toproped all of the lines on That Dam Rock. I don't know if it still goes by that name, but this rock is on the Minnesota side, just below the dam that is upstream from the bridge.
When we first climbed on this rock, we were pulling off loose stuff with every move and it appeared that we were doing new lines.
Nothing had been published on this rock and I moved to Colorado back in 82, where I no longer am privy to the goings on at TF.
Can anyone add any information about That Dam Rock?
Does it still go by that name?
Has it finally cleaned up into some nice lines?
By Sue and Jim
Jul 31, 2007
I believe I left my .75 Black Diamond camalot near Sentinal. If anybody found it and would like to return the booty, I'd appreciate it! sas@umn.edu
By Tom Hanson
Jan 18, 2008
Back in the seventies, my friends and I toproped all of the lines on That Dam Rock. I don't know if it still goes by that name, but this rock is on the Minnesota side, just below the dam that is upstream from the bridge.
When we first climbed on this rock, we were pulling off loose stuff with every move and it appeared that we were doing new lines.
Nothing had been published on this rock and I moved to Colorado back in 82, where I no longer am privy to the goings on at TF.
Can anyone add any information about That Dam Rock?
Does it still go by that name?
Has it finally cleaned up into some nice lines?
By Matthew Prom
From: West Saint Paul, MN
Apr 4, 2008
Hey Tom,

I don't know if anyone has sent you a message regarding your comment at all. I thought I had heard something about it before, but don't recall where. Some of the other guys/gals from MN who climb out there more frequently might know something about it. I will ask around,and the next time I am out there I will take a stroll to the Dam. -MP
By Blake K
From: Carrboro, NC
May 11, 2009
Tom,

Just started climbing at Taylors Falls last summer, so crazy stuff to report on yet. If you're ever back in the neighborhood and want to scout out That Dam Rock send me a message or post - you bring the beta and I'll supply the beer!

-Blake
By Blake K
From: Carrboro, NC
Apr 19, 2010
Anyone heading to TF this Saturday (4/24)? Looking to do some top roping for a few hours...
By David Prather
May 1, 2010
Hi ya'll. I was wondering if anyone knows if there are any rocks at TP that have anchor systems at the top for top rope climbing permanently setup. Thanks.
By Jonathan Williams
From: Minneapolis
May 1, 2010
Nope. Permanent anchors are not allowed in the State Park. A few old bolts are present over less popular climbs, which the park is particularly displeased about. There is extensive adequate trees and cracks for setting up topropes over all climbs. Top-rope setup skills required.
By Matt Krieger
From: Minneapolis, MN
May 3, 2010
Someone recently added a beefy chain around one of the big boulders at the top of the Keyhole Direct route so you don't have to sling it anymore. Not sure who/when but it's definitely shiny and new (as of when I saw it 04/10/2010). As with all TR anchors I find out in the wild, I still set some other anchors around it. I would recommend you do the same.
By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
Apr 30, 2011
no water. as of 4/29, both sides of the park were above water.
By Peter L Scott
Sep 20, 2011
Tom Hanson you old cartoonist, how are you?

For those of you who don't know, Tom drew the cartoons for "Close to the Edge, Down by the River a Climbers Guide to Interstate Park" i.e. Taylors Falls.

In 1988 Peter VonGrossmann and I authored and published this fine book. We revised it a few years later.

Times were certainly different then. This was before the rise in popularity of climbing. Smoking cigarettes (and other things), drinking (we usually had a beer in our chalk bag). We had a lot of fun but alas we had to grow up.

Hope you all are having fun climbing.
By Tom Hanson
Oct 7, 2011
Hi Pete Scott,

Good to hear from you.
I am still around and still climbing, though not as often as I would like.
When I can get out I still prefer to seek out virgin stone for the FA, since, for me, it is more creative and adventuresome.
I have become an inbred local in Douglas County, Colorado.
I can see Castlewood Canyon from my front window and Devils Head from my back window.
These two areas consume most of my time, though I do get out of my box from time to time.
I talk to Peter VonGrossman from time to time.
I do miss the old days and the Minnesota crew.
Do you still get out and climb?
By Jack and family
Jan 17, 2013
Hi!

After some amazingly fun family bouldering trips to the falls, we've decided to set a goal of toproping by the end of summer 2013.

We've gathered enough gear for the four of us, but our experience with TR outside of the gym is nill.

I was hoping to reach out to someone with experience setting TR in the falls, and maybe learn a thing or two.

Any suggestions are welcomed.
By Ryan Angelo
Nov 5, 2013
The MN Bouldering guide has an extensive section on Taylors Falls bouldering. The author Richard Cargill spend over a year making sure every problem at Taylors Falls was climbed and documented accurately. You can order online at escapeclimbing.com/extra/mn-bo...
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