This rock and Shipyard Rock are the two large formations in the South Seas area. Hornets' Nest has many fine routes on it, many of which are very difficult. The average rating is probably around 5.11, but routes vary from 5.4 to 5.13 on its various faces. Mr. Critical, Second Hand Rose, and WASP are all very fun routes. Hornets' Nest is made up mostly of routes requiring only quickdraws, but a few routes require gear as well. To descend, pick one of many fixed anchor rappels, and bring two ropes.
Walk into the South Seas sign-in area. There are two large formations straight ahead. Shipyard Rock is the one on the right, and Hornets' Nest is on the left. Many routes start on this face, but for others, follow the trail around its base.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hornets Nest:
Second Hand Rose Arete 5.6 Sport, 1 pitch, 155 feet
W.A.S.P. (center variation start) 5.9 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 165 feet
The Pollinator 5.10b/c Sport, 1 pitch, 110 feet
Anaphylactic Shock 5.11- Sport, 1 pitch, 105 feet
Mr. Critical 5.11 Sport, 1 pitch, 140 feet
Beetle Juice 5.12a/b Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Butterfly 5.12c/d Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
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Lonesome Cowboy 5.12+ SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Hornets Nest
Critical Cowboy and Lonesome Cowboy are on the Honeycomb Wall, I believe. At the South Seas sign-in, take the left trail and walk about fifty meters. Both of these routes are on your right, to the right of Mr. Critical. Critical Cowboy joins up with Mr. Critical for a few bolts, if you want to take this line.However, with a cam, you can bring the crack into the Lonesome Cowboy route, if that isn't the intended line. Lonesome Cowboy, is a very cool route, but can be a little confusing as to w...[more] Browse More Classics in SD