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Elys Peak

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About Elys Peak:

Elys Peak is owned by the City Of Duluth and is part of the North Shore NO Chalk Zone. Duluth sets no specific climbing regulations here. Keeping the area clean and climbing in a responsible manner will keep it that way. There are only 18 recorded routes here and the climbs are relatively short but it's a good place to start your North Shore climbing weekend. The hike from the parkinglot is only about 10 - 15 minutes and the rock is basalt, very similar to Taylors Falls. There is pay camping and countless hotels, motels and resorts thoughout the North Shore area... If there is an emergency, dial 911 or contact the St. Louis County Sheriff. The nearest public phone is at the Amoco fuel station (from the parking lot, go back to Co. Rd. 13/Becks Road and take a left to MN Hwy. 23 and take a right, 2 miles to the Amoco).
Nearest town or city: Duluth
Directions: Take I35 north from the Cities toward Duluth or south from Duluth to Midway Road. Take Midway Road south and merge with Becks Road (Co.Rd.13) after about a half mile. Continue south for about 2 miles and take a left on 123rd St. and park in the obvious parking lot. From the parking lot the rocks are evident. Go right on the bike trail for about 150 feet and take the wide trail on the left (not the one thru the fence). Cross a field and the railroad tracks, then up the hill to the old railroad bed. You should see the old railroad tunnel on your right. Across the railroad bed are 3 trails. The left-most one will lead to the Northwestern Bluff. The middle trail (20 feet right of the left-most trail) climbs up a hill to the West Face of Tunnel Bluff. If you go thru the tunnel, you will find the East Face of Tunnel Bluff where there are also a few lines but un-published here... (Portions taken from the Falcon Guide)
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Access Issues: Due to issues with land owners climbers are to bypass private land by walking the paved Munger Bike trail to it's intersection with the Superior Hiking Trail (left side of bike trail). Then take the Superior Hiking trail to the top of Ely's Peak. Near Ely's peak on the left side of Superior Hiking Trail there is a descent path down to the tunnel and access to Northwest bluff etc... To keep land owner happy avoid walking the railroad tracks as land on either side is private property.
Camping: Yes
When to Climb: Spring
Quantity of Climbs: Week