Climbing in Minneapolis, MN
About Minneapolis Climbing
Minnesota may not be known for its world-class climbing, but its sheer dolomite cliffs and sandstone outcrops offer some of the best climbing routes in the Midwest. For some of the best outdoors climbing, Tettegouche State Park’s Palisade Headis the place to be. Though a few hours away, these rocky cliffs offer challenging crags and fantastic views of Lake Superior. A little closer to the city is Interstate State Park, which has challenging bouldering problems in its Pothole Area.
South of the Twin Cities by an hour is Red Wing’s Barn Bluff. Nestled in the curve of the Mississippi River, this area has over 20 challenging routes that are shrouded in pristine lowland forest.
As for climbing in Minneapolis, indoor climbing is the only way to go. Luckily, the Twin Cities has some great climbing options, such as Vertical Endeavors–MSP. With over 28,000 feet of climbing walls and hundreds of different top roping and bouldering routes, its no wonder VE–MSP is a local favorite.
For some of the hardest, yet most fulfilling climbing routes in the Midwest, venture on over to Willow River State Park. There are 25+ routes, ranging from 5.9 to 5.14b.
Only 50 miles southeast of the Twin Cities, Red Wing’s Barn Bluff may not be world class climbing, but with over 20 challenging routes, climbers of all skill levels will find something to work on.
A local favorite, climbers from the Twin Cities love to try out their new skills on the dozens of top ropes and short lead problems found in Interstate State Park.
Famous for its majestic water falls and a myriad of hiking trails, Tettegouche State Park also houses the crème-de-la-crème of Minnesota climbing, The Palisade Head.
VE-Minneapolis is a local favorite for indoor climbing. Offering over 28,000 square feet of climbing walls and hundreds of different top roping and bouldering routes, Vertical Endeavors is a great place for a post-work workout.
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