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A great anorthosite crag with several good climbs and the highest concentration of good bouldering in Minnesota! All climbs can be easily top roped and most are good leads...well worth the hike!

Getting There 

Three miles south on the Superior Hiking Trail from the parking lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 19.3 miles from here

63 Total Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sawmill Creek Dome:
Warm-Up Slab   V0-1 4+     Boulder   Picnic Rock
Easy Crack   V2 5+     Boulder   Picnic Rock
The Prow   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Picnic Rock
Vag Badger   V4 6B     Boulder   Picnic Rock
Poppy Cock   V4 6B     Boulder   Picnic Rock
Absolution   V5 6C PG13     Boulder   Picnic Rock
IPOD Army   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Picnic Rock
Umberger Helper   V5 6C     Boulder   Picnic Rock
Betty's Pie   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, 12'   Picnic Rock
Lukewarm Persistance   V7 7A+     Boulder   Picnic Rock
Payback   V7 7A+     Boulder   Picnic Rock
Jaws   V7 7A+     Boulder   Picnic Rock
My Stereo   V7 7A+     Boulder   Picnic Rock
Sticky Icky   V7 7A+     Boulder   Picnic Rock
Counselor Moon   V7+ 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Picnic Rock
The Woodpecker    V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   Picnic Rock
The Juggernaut   V9-10 7C+     Boulder   Picnic Rock
The Exodus   V10-11 8A     Boulder   Picnic Rock
Afghanistan Bananastand   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Central Rocks
Birch Flakes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Central Rocks
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Featured Route For Sawmill Creek Dome
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The Exodus V10-11 8A  MN : Lake County Road 6 Area (No... : ... : Picnic Rock
One of the few proud lines in Minnesota. This technical and powerful traverse doesn't have any moves harder than V8, but it builds up after about 20'. The first third is a great warm up, then it gets serious with a deadpoint redpoint crux to a mean hold. Followed by a unique top out. Very fun!...[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

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By Kelson Thomas
Sep 14, 2014
Camped at Sawmill Friday the 12th through Sunday the 14th, there was a wicked storm in the early hours of Sunday morning and on the hike out there was a medium-sized evergreen freshly down over the climber's access trail, about halfway between the picnic area and the SHT junction. I had to make my way uphill to get around it, would have tried at least clearing the branches but there was only one of me and I had my crash pad and all my camping gear.
From: Duluth Mn
Apr 14, 2011
Thanks for the condition report. I was thinking about heading up there tomorrow but might have to stay around Duluth.
By Oklobzija
Aug 30, 2014
Bold TextI looking for a large mad rock that was at sawmill in July. I twisted my ankle and had to leave it and came back to find it missing. Please message me if you have it and I'll pick it up.