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
Roadside Plum 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
: Mount Rushmore National Mem...
: ... : Middle Marker
Climb past the schist band and attain the center crack. The crack takes good gear and protects well. Follow the crack until it ends then move up and left to a double set of bolts, clip and move up and rt to the 2 second bolt (not seen from previous bolt, do not go left, which is the weakness). continue up attaining the anchors, note that these are the only bolts on the route besides the anchors, hence PG-13 rating....[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.