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
30 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',7],['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
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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