Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 47.33969°N / 91.18512°W
Activities Activities: Hiking, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Toprope
Additional Information Elevation: 656 ft / 200 m
Sign the Climber's Log


Jutting into the cobalt waters of Lake Superior, a billion year old cape of red rock known as Shovel Point is one of the highlights of Minnesota's Tettegouche State Park.  A wonderful and stunning hike that a child can enjoy, it is also home to dozens of climbing routes up its sheer sides.  

Shovel Point
Shovel Point, West Side
Shovel Point, East SideShovel Point, East Side
Frankly, I am in no position to comment on any technical climbing routes.  But I became enamored of this beautiful place when I stopped here on the way back from a snowshoe weekend in the Sawtooth Mountains.  I create this page as a 'header' in the hope that the climbers that know the routes will attach them to this page.
Shovel Point - Summer View
Shovel Point - Summer View

Getting There

Shovel Point is a part of beautiful Tettegouche State Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  Turn into the large new Visitor's center at mile marker 58.5 on Minnesota State route 61.  The trailhead is in back of the visitor center on the east side.  


The trail out to the end of the cape is a series of stairs and railed viewpoints familiar to all American state parks.  Take the trail along the west side of the cape and loop around the point and the east side.  The views are incredible for the little effort involved (1.3 miles roundtrip, perhaps 200 feet elevation gain).
Icy Point in Lake SuperiorIcy Point in Lake Superior
View West from Shovel PointView West from Shovel Point
Palisade Head from Shovel PointPalisade Head (another climbing destination) from Shovel Point
View East of Lake SuperiorView East from Shovel Point, with the Sawtooth Mountains on the Horizon
The reddish brown rocks of shovel point (and much of the North Shore in this area) are rhyolitic extrusions from a billion years ago.  
All Season Map of Park: Tettegouche Map
Tettegoche also contains Mt. Trudee, a section of the Superior Hiking Trail and beautiful and grand waterfalls.
As a destination I am sure tourist traffic is heavy in the summer - so pick your times wisely (weekdays, early or late in the day).  I am told that even the climbing routes can get crowded.

Red Tape

Vehicle passes are $5, Annual Minnesota Dept of Natural resources pass is $25 (resident and non-resident).  I recommend the annual pass because of the string of incredible parks along the shore that you will want to sample if you are in the area. 

Climbing Routes list of Eastern Shovel Point Routes


Lots of great camping options in the park: Tettegouche Camping

External Links

Tettegouche Park Home



Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports.

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