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Outer Outlet is similar in shape and size to the Inner Outlet, but is located further from Sylvan Lake. It is quite steep on all sides, and there is no easy routes to the summit. Vertigo is a steep detached spire that looms to the east, and Rhinoceros Rock is a slabby rock to the west.
Follow the Sylvan Lake trail around the lake and through the tunnel. When the trail forks after the tunnel, take a left, and then a right at the next trail. Follow this to the north as it goes away from Sylvan Lake to a field area. A trail switchbacks up the hill towards middle Earth, and just behind you is Outer Outlet. It is very imposing and one of the larger rock formations in the Needles.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Outer Outlet:
Conn Diagonal 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
West Buttress 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Rain Man 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Sport, 80'
Jugs 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 90'
Nick of Time 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 120'
Stainless Steel Shield 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
True to Form 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 180'
Gun Has No Trigger 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 180'
Iron Lingerie 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R Sport, 180'
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Gun Has No Trigger 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13 SD : Custer State Park : ... : Outer Outlet
Begins the same as 'True to Form' then branching off right after the third bolt linking seams to more bolts. Steeper/pumpier crux in the middle on slopey holds. Find the bomber nut before the crux to help keep you off the ramp/chimney....[more] Browse More Classics in SD