BETA PHOTO: View from the road
A pretty big hunk of rock with some incredible routes. Like most of the Rushmore area, it is a bit confusing at first. After you've located a couple routes things get much easier. Some fun, popular moderates include Solo System, Star Dancer, and Weird Water.
The Marker area is one of the closest to the monument and just off 244. Coming from in from the monument, look for the 2nd? pullout on the left. If you get the correct one, the trail and signin board are right across the street.
Before you start going, look up and to the right - the beautiful summits are the Middle & Inner Markers. Follow the trail straight in and up the gully, the Middle Marker is on the right, the Inner Marker is behind it.
Weather station 0.6 miles from here
35 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Marker
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Marker:
Featured Route For Marker
Little Dripper 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c SD
: Mount Rushmore National Mem...
: ... : Middle Marker Area
Climb an easy right slanting crack (alternate start for Weird Water) past 1 bolt, then go straight up a thin vertical crack (small cam or nut) for ten feet to a crux bulge protected by a well-placed bolt. Climb over the bulge and follow another right angling crack for another ten feet, then follow 3 or 4 more well placed bolts to the chain anchors at the top. ...[more] Browse More Classics in SD
Josh on a fun little boulder problem in the Marker...
Gary working an old Lee Traveen problem in Marker.