New Climbers Parking Lot and Trail Now Open at Ely's Peak, MN


By Kaija Webster; Access Fund Regional Coordinator, Minnesota

A new parking lot and trail at Elys Peak were created to help minimize conflicts between climbers and the landowner near the traditional parking area. The Access Fund helped fund the project with a generous Climbing Preservation Grant. Additional funding came from the City of Duluth and the Minnesota Climbers Association (MCA). Climber volunteers from around the region contributed their time to build the trail.

A volunteer day and ribbon cutting for the new lot will start at noon on Sunday, October 14. The MCA will provide free food for the event and climbing at Ely's will take place after the crews are finished.

Climbers can find the new lot off of Becks Road, 2.2 miles from the I-35 Midway Road exit. It's only a 7-minute hike from the parking lot to the climbing.