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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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Marker

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Marker:
Weird Water   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Middle Marker
Make Believe   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Middle Marker
Little Dripper   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   Middle Marker
Star Dancer   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Middle Marker
Saturn Boogie   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Middle Marker
Skywalker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Middle Marker
Schist for Brains   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 110'   Schist Head
Roadside Plum   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   Middle Marker
Don't Stahl   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Middle Marker
Crystal Shard   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Middle Marker
Jupiter Fly By   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Middle Marker
Moonstone   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Middle Marker
Rum and Coke    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   Middle Marker
SLAMAT   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   Middle Marker
Deja' Vu Prophecy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 240'   Middle Marker
Regenerator   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 85'   Inner Marker
Lightning Never Strikes Twice   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Inner Marker
Schist Happens   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 100'   Schist Head
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Featured Route For Marker
Rock Climbing Photo: Clinging to some sweet crystals on StarDancer.  (P...

Star Dancer 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Middle Marker
Follow the directions under the Marker area. Star Dancer is found about 2/3 the way up the drainage / gully, on the right (of course). There is a large (20-30') boulder lying against the rock, Star Dancer starts just to the right of this.As this is a popular route, you can scope the route by just looking at the polished / rubbed off holds all the way up the rock fin. The first bolt is a bit off the ground; one may clip it off the boulder if desired. After that, continue up the stee...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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Rock Climbing Photo: Josh on a fun little boulder problem in the Marker...
Josh on a fun little boulder problem in the Marker...
Rock Climbing Photo: Gary working an old Lee Traveen problem in Marker.
Gary working an old Lee Traveen problem in Marker.

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