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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.
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.
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Edge of Da-Light 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b SD : Iron Mountain : Turtle Dome
P1 S / 70’: Start at the bottom of the yellow wall and climb the left-right diagonaling bolted crack to gain the blunt W arete. Follow the arete past the anchors and low-angle slab to the ledge below the crack.P2 T / 55’: Climb the left-facing flake and finger crack to the bulge. Exit right and gain the anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in SD