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Rock Climbing

The Silver Bay Area has some of the most rugged shoreline in the state, so it is no surprise that cliffs such as Palisade Head and Shovel Point are popular with rock climbers and peregrine falcons, who nest there. These two climbing opportunities are both only a few miles from Silver Bay in Tettegouche State Park. Contact the park for more information.

Sawmill Dome, Section 13 and Wolf Ridge are some other well known climber destinations in this area known for its dramatic and ancient exposed rock formations.

>The Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center with exceptional climbing opportunities from mid May- to Mid October, offers type-A personalities the challenge they are looking for. Try "Ole Number Nine" (a 5. 7 rated climb) and "Mother Goose" (a 5.5 rated climb) and enjoy your rich rewards with dramatic views from the top, such as Lake Superior, Wolf Lake and the picturesque Superior Highlands. Not sure if a 5.5-5.7 climb is for you? These climbs are considered beginner to low intermediate. Come across a 5.10 climb and you can brag that you are the expert you say you are! Top belays are recommended for these climbs.

Experience other local favorites such as Oz before the Wizard, the Black Gate, Over the Rainbow, Gollum's Stairwell, Sisyphus, and Horner's Corner. Access to these climbs is roughly a 1/2 hour walk from the Wolf Ridge Administration Building. The last 1/4 mile ascends a very steep wooded hillside and comes out midway between the left and right ends of the climbs. You must register at the Wolf Ridge office and sign liability releases for this activity in order to access climbs located on Wolf Ridge ELC property. Have fun, but please...safety first.

Fun Fact!! Climbs are typically named by the climbers who make the first known ascent. How cool is that?

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