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.
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Weird Water 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Middle Marker
A great, long climb. Incredible moves, incredible position. This route summits the main rock in the Marker formation. Gets my vote for the best 5.7 in Rushmore!Finding this route the first time around can be a bit of a chore... Follow directions to the route 'Star Dancer'. As you're looking at the rock, scramble up to the right, passing the first gully on the left, into a small opening / grassy area, and continue to the next gully on the left. At the top of this gully are some large blocks...[more] Browse More Classics in SD
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