This area combines three boulders that are spread out along a small hillside.
This is the first bouldering area clearly visible from the trail. After a short hike the trail makes an S shape. First it turns east, then it returns south. This area is located on the east side of the trail after this first bend.
DNR Fun Fact
"Located within the Minnesota River Valley in Swedes Forest township, this site contains the granite outcrop community type that supports the rare five-lined skink. Several old quarries on the site provide an important hibernacular for the skink. The Minnesota populations of these small, blue tailed lizards (sometimes called "blue devils") are isolated from the main range of this species in the eastern United States. The five-lined skink requires open, sunny, bedrock exposures near oak woodland habitat. The red cedar which has encroached on the bedrock openings in the absence of periodic fire is being managed by controlled burning and cutting. Several undisturbed wetlands are also found on the site." dnr.state.mn.us/snas/sna01027/...
Weather station 13.2 miles from here
15 Total Routes
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Featured Route For Skink Boulders
Skinks Crack V3 6A MN
: ... : Skink's Palace Boulder
The namesake for the boulder, and with good reason. This route traverses the unique crack that defines the Skink's Palace Boulder. Start on the farthest left side of the East face and work your way right, finishing up the North face. You will need endurance, jamming skills, and good eyes to spot the thin feet. Good luck....[more] Browse More Classics in MN
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