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Most of the good bouldering in Minnesota is located here at the base of Sawmill Creek Dome. A very beautiful and secluded area, this is the go to place if your looking for some V7's. 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 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, I have even heard of Sawmill being really similar to Squamish, but this rock is called Anthrosite which has many small sharp crystals that'll cut ya. Although I just made that sound really painful and not fun, its really not that bad at all.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Picnic Rock:
Warm-Up Slab V0-1 4+ Boulder
10,000 Teeth V1 5 Boulder, 15'
Easy Crack V2 5+ Boulder
beefstick buffet V3 6A Boulder, 10'
The Prow V3 6A Boulder, 12'
Vag Badger V4 6B Boulder
Poppy Cock V4 6B Boulder
Umberger Helper V5 6C Boulder
IPOD Army V5 6C Boulder, 10'
Absolution V5 6C PG13 Boulder
Betty's Pie V5+ 6C+ Boulder, 12'
Lukewarm Persistance V7 7A+ Boulder
Sticky Icky V7 7A+ Boulder
Jaws V7 7A+ Boulder
Payback V7 7A+ Boulder
My Stereo V7 7A+ Boulder
Counselor Moon V7+ 7A+ Boulder, 15'
The Woodpecker V8 7B Boulder, 15'
The Juggernaut V9-10 7C+ Boulder
The Exodus V10-11 8A Boulder
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Counselor Moon V7+ 7A+ MN : Lake County Road 6 Area (No... : ... : Picnic Rock
One of the best V7's in Minnesota, and unique for Sawmill. This problem is a stand start on the slot jug, then immediately goes onto the 45 overhang. With these nice skin-friendly holds, work your way up the center of the face towards the dihedral. Prepare for a cool but scary finish move. Be careful of the huge opening to your right. ...[more] Browse More Classics in MN
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