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Land Of The Way Too High Boulders, The 
Rubiks Ridge 
Rubrick's Ridge boulders 
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Iron Mountain Rock Climbing 

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Iron Mountain is a good place to go to escape crowds. There are several routes here (tend to be short), most of which are face climbing. Also, this is a good destination for fun granite bouldering. In fact, there is enough bouldering here to warrant leaving the rope at home.

Getting There 

From Keystone, drive towards Mt. Rushmore on highway 16a. Take a left on 16a when the road junctions with 244. Measure from here, and drive 3.1 miles and park. This spot is where a non-major paved road intersects with the main highway on its right. This intersection is about 1/4 mile after driving through the second tunnel. There is no official parking, so just squeeze on the shoulder.

There are two major areas here. The first is a short jaunt across the road to the east. Find a trail that heads steeply up the hill and quickly arrive at Rubik's Ridge. Identify this by the overhanging schist at the bottom of the cliff.

The main area involves walking diagonally away from the intersection to the southwest on a faint trail. Although this trail is often difficult to follow, if you continue in that direction you will find the area. Head up a hill on to slabby rocks, then at the top you will get to a viewpoint where you can see Turtle Rock to the left. Turtle Rock can be identified by its large slabby 3rd class rock on its north side. Hike down to this to find the main rocks and bouldering.

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85 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',28],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',4]

Classic Climbing Routes in Iron Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Iron Mountain:
Jury of Peers   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   Turtle Dome Boulders : The Test Piece
Kevin's Influences   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Rubiks Ridge
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As the Skin Thins V4-5 6B+  SD : Iron Mountain : ... : Pain Staker
This is an excellent problem for the grade. Sit start in the sloping crack. Smear the left foot and push on a good crystal with the right foot. Pull up and reach around way left for a really good hold. Reposition the body and slap higher up on the sloping crack with the right hand. Heal hook in the crack and bump the right hand to a good crimp. Move the left hand to a good crimp consisting of a row of crystals. Make sure to get the thumb catch. Then reach really high to a right hand crimp also c...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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