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Description 

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

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',5],['5.9',11],['5.10',12],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Marker

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Marker:
Orions Belt   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 70'   Middle Marker Area
Weird Water   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Middle Marker Area
Micro-Climb   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   Middle Marker Area
Make Believe   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Middle Marker Area
Little Dripper   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   Middle Marker Area
Star Dancer   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 105'   Middle Marker Area
Borealis Strut   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 60'   Middle Marker Area
Schist for Brains   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 110'   Schist Head
Saturn Boogie   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Middle Marker Area
Thunder Road   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 205'   Inner Marker
Skywalker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Middle Marker Area
Roadside Plum   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   Middle Marker Area
Don't Stahl   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Middle Marker Area
Moonstone   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Middle Marker Area
Rum and Coke    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   Middle Marker Area
Deja' Vu Prophecy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 240'   Middle Marker Area
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
Regenerator   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 85'   Inner Marker
Raisins in the Sun   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Middle Marker Area
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Featured Route For Marker
Rock Climbing Photo: Line of route, with block to be avoided indicated ...

Schist for Brains 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Schist Head
Climb the big flake up to and through the schist (the intent of the route is to not stem to the left). Work right onto the nose of the ridge, then follow the bolts to the top. After the 9th bolt, you will come to a block perched on the top of the ridge. It is quite stable but avoid using it. You can easily get by it without using it. Climb up to the left, and over the notch to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

Photos of Marker Slideshow Add Photo
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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By Mark Orsag
From: Omaha, NE
Jul 12, 2016
This crag and Monster, now are jointly called Magna Carta. Magna Carta is the stiffest crag at Rushmore. The routes here are big and very , very tough for the grade in almost all cases. Every time that I climb here , I leave with even more respect for the 80s hard men who put up these things.

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