Description of Area:
Casket is a great local ice and mixed climbing area. This is a big ol' wall with many bolted lines thanks to the efforts of many, but mostly James Loveridge. People have been known to sport climb here, but please use caution as the rock quality is so-so and we don't want to hurt the ice climbs or yourself.
As of 2015 there has been a super cool project under way to make Casket Quarry a legit ice climbing park! This project will not only make climbing in the quarry actually legal for the first time ever, but there is hope to have ice farming in the future years to offer up some easier terrain for the newbies to learn on and also give quality ice year after year. Many thanks to all who have helped with this big project, especially the Duluth Climbers Coalition. To read more about this project click here.
Directions/access to area:
From 35W exit Central Ave. Go past Grand Ave. Take the left just after the stop sign at W 8th St. onto Highland St. Take a right on 59th Ave W and head up the hill a short ways. You will see Loll/Epicurean on your left just past the traintracks, park in the lot to the right. Head into the woods on the obvious trail and you should hit Casket in about 5 mintues. Pretty stunning view.
Please make sure to park in the newer lot at LOLL Designs. Many thanks to those dudes for letting us use their lot.
This is still a work in progress, but I'm trying to make one google map with all of the local crags pinned on it for easier location finding. These are not GPS pins, just me looking at the map and putting something that's pretty darn close to the actual location. As always with anything that gets you out in nature, a little resourcefulness and an adventurous spirit goes a long ways. Click here and happy hunting!
Mountain Project Beta:
Click here to go to the Mountain Project page for this location. The Duluth Mountain Project pages could use some serious love via better pics, better descriptions, and general updates; so if you feel like helping inform everyone, a little time and effort would be much appreciated!