Monster is the large rock mass in between Middle Marker and the South Seas area. There are various routes leading to the top. Climbing ranges anywhere from scrambling up until near the top and then climbing a short 5.6 face, or to doing a 4 pitch 5.11+ from the face nearest to the road (Valhalla).
Park at the trailhead for the Markers. From the sign-in location, the downhill side climbs are a short distance to the west. Walk on the trail that forks left from the register to the big rock. For the uphill side climbs, follow the trail uphill that heads north and splits the Monster area with the Marker area. Once around the rocks of the Monster area, take a left and scramble up slabs and work your way back in the direction of the car to the base of the climbs.
Climbing Season For the Monster area.
Weather station 0.7 miles from here
13 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Monster
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Monster:
Side Arm 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
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Where You Been?! 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a SD
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A couple hard moves get you to the first bolt, then a couple more and it eases off to the ledge. From the ledge it starts out real steep and goes to slightly overhanging through the crux, which is getting to, and then past the obvious quartz 'eye' above and to the right. Another 30 feet of sustained climbing (between great clipping stances) will take you to the 2nd big ledge. From here it's classic crystals and knobs for 20 feet up and right to the rap anchors on the left....[more] Browse More Classics in SD