Like all the other summits behind the lake, this is a large fin formation with a NW face and SE face. Originally called Hot Potato by the Conns when they climbed it on Aug 22nd, 1955. Holds several lesser known classics, put in more recently.
Can be approached by either the saddle below the Riddle, or by hiking past the Orc Cave. Most distinguishable landmarks is the beautiful grassy narrow corridor on the N side. And this is the highest point of all the ridgelines that make up Middle Earth.
Weather station 5.9 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Near Downs
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Near Downs:
Thrain 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'
Thror 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 135'
Ghostwriter 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Unknown 2 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 125'
Unknown 1 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Featured Route For Near Downs
There and Back Again 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c SD
: Custer State Park
: ... : Near Downs
Very long and enjoyable, meandering, mixed climb. Start up the large left facing flake and follow the next three bolts from there to the angling jug rail. Place a #4. Step left at the 4th bolt. Find a couple more finger size pieces as you trend up right. Follow three more bolts to the belay perch....[more] Browse More Classics in SD