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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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a slopey rail that tends to be temperature/humidit...

Payback V7 7A+  MN : Lake County Road 6 Area (No... : ... : Picnic Rock
A very nice line. This climb took me forever until I came here when it was about 40 degrees and it went right away. Being that its a sloper fest it is very temperature dependent problem. Depending on the weather it could go anywhere from V5 to V9. Start as low as you can on the arete with hands matched on the v-shaped edge. Follow the slopers to a seam then top out over the nose/peak of the boulder....[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

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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.