|Palisades State Park
The Split Rock Creek splits a band of Sioux Quartz just outside the town of Garretson, South Dakota, making for lots of climbing right off the water. Loads of picnickers will be strolling through the area during the summer.
The rock is not very good for friction but gets a wonderful pump due to the crimps and slopers. This place is good for experienced trad climbers as well as TRing. There are never ending crack systems through out the park. Great face climbs are Slandeross (5.12) , Debuant Farmers (5.12), King Olof (5.10) , Glimmer (5.10+) , Never Say Never (5.10) ,and Henry Aaron (5.7). The area saw bouldering development in 2009 and still holds potential for new problems. Great Boulder problems to check out are Contrivance (V5) , Necessary Contrivance (V4) , I Seam Stumped (V3) , Lithium CT (V2), and Head Hunters (V2).
10 miles north of Interstate 90, off the Brandon exit (Exit 406). 25495 485th Avenue, Garretson, SD 57030-6117
189 Total Routes
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May 13, 2007
Palisades State Park is indeed worth visiting. The camping is great and there are many levels of routes available.
|By Conor Raney|
From: Pinedale, WY
Nov 12, 2010
Happy to see people start to explore this area more for bouldering. Want to get back and try some of the new stuff. Someone needs to put up a hard problem to attract a little more interest haha...I know it's hard but shoot, it'd be nice to have a hard problem in the vicinity.
|By Amy Weed|
Feb 8, 2011
Are there any sport routes in this area?
|By Tane Owens|
From: Pahrump, NV
May 26, 2012
It seems like there have been a lot of climbing additions to the park in the past few years. Is there any chance someone with current knowledge of the area can make additions or updates to the beta/park overview photo? This would definitely help me around the park, and I'm sure others would benefit from it as well.
From: Omaha, NE (at the moment)
Sep 27, 2012
I don't know, I guess it comes down to personal preference. I'd take Palisades over Blue Mounds anyday. There isn't as much climbing, but hearing the running water and being in the serene (I'm horrible at spelling)setting rather then a field at Blue Mounds is well worth the trade off for me. I usually go up there for the weekend and do Palisades on Saturday and Blue Mounds on Sunday.
Jun 30, 2013
Any body feel that some of the grades can be rather stiff for some. Not all routes but some. Mostly Tr anyhow. Just wondering
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 7, 2013
I am taking some friends with kids climbing in the area. I live in Colorado but am originally from Sioux Falls. Which wall would you recommend for setting up some group top ropes? I'm looking for something that has good towrope climbs from the 5-5 range to 9 or 10. Thanks :)
|By Mike Housiaux|
From: Rapid City
Aug 8, 2013
The easiest wall to set up some TR would be the South Wall. Fun routes from 5.5-5.9. Good trees on top to set up on. Bring lots of webbing and cord. Hope this helps and safe climbing! Enjoy.
|By Sam Smolnisky|
From: Sioux Falls, SD
Sep 5, 2013
Many of the routes were put up in the 80's or earlier, thus the stiff grades. In discovering new routes, we have tried to keep the grades consistent with other climbs in the area, instead of giving in to grade inflation. Plus the old hands enjoyed a good sandbag here and there.
|By Mike Housiaux|
From: Rapid City
Sep 21, 2013
Bouldering or Rope Climbing only? Good luck with the guide.