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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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  • July 28, 2017
    I think Sugar Loaf is one of the more photographed places in Winona. I was told it's not a easy place to climb up to, especially if you're not fit! I was also told, there are snakes around that area!  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    Finally got around to actually climbing up to Sugarloaf. You drive around behind it on Lake BLvd and then Sugarloaf road, and park next to a brick utility building. There's a no trespassing sign, but ...  more »
  • May 2, 2017
    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 »
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  • July 4, 2017
    very cool view, hard to find the path that takes you to the top. Rock climbing can be done at the top with set bolts. The path is behind the water building on burns valley road. It is set back from the road and can be easily missed
  • March 23, 2017
    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.
  • April 9, 2017
    Challenging hike, but short. It was very steep. The view was amazing!
  • May 15, 2017
    Amazing view of the city! Great for hiking and climbing.
  • March 9, 2017
    Awesome hiking and rock climbing. Repelling hooks at top I believe.

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