Ice and mixed climbing in this wild river setting provide a very accessible wilderness-like climbing environment. Up to 8 or so routes form somewhat unreliably, and variably, from year to year depending on what you call "in." Routes range about 65 feet in length (+/-).
North of Little Marais on Highway 61. Look for the River's signage on the bridge. Either take the river north (when passable) or follow the north lip of the canyon while avoiding tresspassing on private property. If following lip, stick to the woods on the north rim until you can hear the Falls. Drop down to edge and walk a bit down river to look for slings on trees on the tops of routes 7 and 8.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Manitou River (North Shore):
Route 2 WI4+ M6 Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, 60 feet
Route 8 WI2+ Trad, TR, Ice, 60 feet
Route 4 M6 TR, Mixed, 60 feet
Route 3 WI4- Trad, TR, Ice, 60 feet
Route 7 WI3 Trad, TR, Ice, 60 feet
Route 6 WI5-6 M6 Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, 65 feet
Route 5 (a.k.a. Lady in Waiting) WI6 M8 Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, 65 feet
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Route 5 (a.k.a. Lady in Waiting) WI6 M8 MN : Manitou River (North Shore)
The big enchilada. This monstrous hanging dagger falls from the lip of the canyon and hangs free for most of its length as it tries touch down. If it does, it's a burly free standing pillar. If not, it's radical, loose dry-tooling through a 15-foot cave to overhanging munge (held together with ice) to the hanging widow-maker. Mike Dahlberg once led this with removable bolts on lead to get to the hanger....[more] Browse More Classics in MN