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Manitou River (North Shore)

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Route 8 T,TR 
Route 1 T,TR 
Route 2 T,TR 
Route 3 T,TR 
Route 4 TR 
Route 5 (a.k.a. Lady in Waiting) T,TR 
Route 6 T,TR 
Route 7 T,TR 

Manitou River (North Shore)  

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Location: 47.445, -91.068 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Kris Gorny, Chris treggE, James Loveridge, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Shawn P. Tracy on Jan 2, 2008
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Traversing to the back of Manitou in wet condition...


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 (+/-).

The grades provided herein are a best-estimate and will only occasionaly come close to the conditions you may find on any given day. Furthermore, the route Lady in Waiting (route #5) has not been climbed by myself and I needed to submit my best estimate of the most frequent conditions (mixed) and based its grade relative to mixed and dry-tool routes found in Sandstone, Casket Quarry and Orient Bay.

Have fun!

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

For the * Ice and Mixed climbs area.

Weather station 20.5 miles from here

8 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Manitou River (North Shore):
Route 3   WI4-     Trad, TR, Ice, 60'   
Route 7   WI3     Trad, TR, Ice, 60'   
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A thin pencil touches the rock at about 3 places on its fall from the rock band of the rim of the canyon. Otherwise, it hangs free from the face. Follow it, delicatley, sometimes using edges and ice blobs on the face if needed, to the final rock headwall and pull through to top. If it's fat enough to lead, stop at ice and V-thread down....[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

Photos of Manitou River (North Shore) Slideshow Add Photo
Same view as on Shawn's picture. Previous year '06...
Same view as on Shawn's picture. Previous year '06...
The main climbing area at Manitou.  Routes 3-7 on ...
BETA PHOTO: The main climbing area at Manitou. Routes 3-7 on ...
Ice at the back of the canyon.
Ice at the back of the canyon.
the canyon
the canyon
not sure the name
BETA PHOTO: not sure the name
Trippy Conditions as of 1/5/08
Trippy Conditions as of 1/5/08
not sure the name
BETA PHOTO: not sure the name
The upper Manitou River. Photo by Bill Rusk.
The upper Manitou River. Photo by Bill Rusk.
January 2010 Manitou River
January 2010 Manitou River

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