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Sugar Loaf, Winona

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Sugar Loaf is a bluff on the Mississippi River topped by a rock pinnacle, overlooking the city of Winona, Minnesota, United States. The name "Sugar Loaf" is sometimes taken to mean just the rock pinnacle, which was created by quarrying in the 19th century. The bluff stands above the junction of U.S. Route 61 and State Highway 43. It towers over Lake Winona (a former part of the Mississippi River's main channel), and the pinnacle rises more than above the remainder of the bluff.Sugar Loaf was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 for having local significance in the theme of entertainment/recreation. It was nominated for being one of Minnesota's most famous landmarks to early travelers and tourists; a popular subject for stereopticon images, travel literature, and folklore.Rock pinnacleSugar Loaf's distinctive pinnacle resulted from quarrying the bluff's limestone cap layer through most of the 1880s, which was then used for Winona’s sidewalks and stone buildings. The mining was done by two brothers, John and Stephen O'Dea. The use of limestone (Oneota dolomite—a sedimentary limestone composed mainly of calcium carbonate and magnesium) began with the need to improve city sidewalks, most of which were made of wood and burned in the 1862 fire that destroyed 90 percent of the downtown district. Many miles of this limestone were installed before the turn of the 20th century and met with such success that a city ordinance was passed in late 1890 specifying stone-only for sidewalks. Buildings in the area also began to utilize the stone because of its texture. Quarry operations were shut down in 1887.
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  • When driving north on Hwy 61, you will know you have arrived in Winona when you see the city’s most iconic landmark, Sugar Loaf (illuminated at night), a majestic, limestone pinnacle that tops a 400-5...  more »
  • This is a nice activity to do in Winona. I hiked up to Sugar Loaf with my friend and his two daughters. It has a neat rock formation as well as a great view of Winona. It is a nice, free activity to d...  more »
  • When you see Sugar Loaf, you know that you have arrived in Winona, Minnesota. Sugar Loaf are natural bluffs which overlook Lake Winona and the town. It is nice easy hike for families and not overly ex...  more »
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  • This is the perfect stop for your first out door climb. The routs are pretty easy and there is plenty to keep you busy for a day. There are a couple bolts on the north face to practice tying anchors on too.
  • Challenging hike, but short. It was very steep. The view was amazing!
  • Amazing view of the city! Great for hiking and climbing.
  • Awesome hiking and rock climbing. Repelling hooks at top I believe.
  • I appreciate the personal attention I get. Sales or service, I'm treated like family and not A number or bar code. They know my vehicles, my family and life style for driving. I know I can trust sending in my friends and Co workers.