ATTENTION CLIMBERS: The road to Eldon is now open.
In June 2014, MCA volunteers partnered with the Access Fund Conservation Team and the Conservation Corps of MN to work on a trail from the future parking area down to the boulders that line the Kettle River in Sandstone, MN. In July, MCA used some of the money raised during our Save Sandstone campaign to have the dirt road to the parking area filled and graded. Now, in August, we are proud to announce that the road and parking area are open to the climbing community.
Here is a map to Old Wagon Road, which leads to the dirt road pictured above. Once you reach the locked gate, use the combination 0515 to open the lock and push open the gate. Park in the grassy clearing and locate the trail to the left of the deer stand that begins with an obvious stone path. This trail now leads down to the old angle road and brings you down into the bouldering area between the River Boulder and the Warm Up Wall. If you are the last car out, close and lock the gate.
USING ROAD AND GATE
+ Lock combo is 0515
+ Pull gate closed behind you
+ Last car out must lock gate again
As of this posting, there is no available information for the boulder problems at Eldon (the name chosen for old Johnson land). You will have to talk to people in the know, go with them, or have an adventure and discover the area for yourself. There is a page started on Mountain Project that has yet to see any additions.
Some general ethics about climbing at this location:
+ Wipe off your feet before climbing.
+ Only use soft brushes.
+ No chipping.
+ Pack in, pack out.
+ Respect existing trails, do not try to create your own.
+ Most importantly: Do NOT climb on wet sandstone. It will break. Wait for the rock to dry, even if that means going somewhere else after driving there and discovering the rock is wet. It takes several days of heat and sun for sandstone to fully dry out. Take a long term view and respect this fragile climbing area.
Thank you to everyone that contributed time, money, and effort to helping us get to where we are today. We are proud of our climbing community and excited about future opportunities in the state.