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Submitted By: Harrison Teuber on Mar 26, 2013
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There are some pretty good adventurous type routes up the nelson creek/palmer gulch area. They need to see some more traffic so they can be cleaned up a bit.

  • All INFO TAKEN FROM BUSSE/BURR 'THE NEEDLES OF RUSHMORE' GUIDEBOOK

Comprised of Harney Peak and the ridge to the N of the massif, Nelson Creek Ridge. Palmer Gulch is home to countless Conn routes, a few new routes, and the Harney Peak ice flow in the winter. All routes are in the Black Elk Wilderness and require a bit of hiking to access.


Getting There 

Directions: From the Entrance of the memorial, continue NW on H-24 for 6.4 miles to Palmer Creek road. Head S on PC road for .9 miles to the PC trailhead.

Approach: (1.3 miles) from the trailhead, head S on the trail across the creek to intersect the lost cabin trail #2, take a left. Head E along the trail down to the nelson creek drainage to intersect a closed trail. Take a right and follow the drainage S up the closed trail for a while and eventually intersect the granite ridge (GPS N43.874200*W103.543767*). The first formation is Bow Spirit to the NE.
---- If you are aiming to get to routes on the Harney Peak massif a GPS is nice if you have never been there before, but is do able with out one.---- Cross the creek shortly after passing the granite ridge and head S again up the drainage. Follow a very faint trail while bush whacking, but you should be able to keep the large granite massif in view.


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Featured Route For Palmer Gulch
Routes starts pretty close to the middle of the formation. tops out through the 'V' at the top

Mr. November Too 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b  SD : Palmer Gulch
Fun route with a semi wilderness feeling. Cool summit with great views.P1 5.9+: Climb up past some blocky/loose stuff. Jam the crack to some face climbing until you can set a belay on a good ledge. (100')P2 5.10: Head right on ledge to a crack and face, pull into the fairly dirty crack placing good gear through a few sustained moves. Eases off as you progress up. Build belay on good ledge off to the right under a roof. (200')p3 5.6: Move left and up through some easy climbing to a small bulge. M...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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By aschwartz
From: Spearfish,SD
Jun 27, 2013

Why can't i add formations to this area?

By John Klooster
From: Arvada, CO
Jun 28, 2013

Cause you shouldn't

By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Jun 28, 2013

From a technical standpoint, you can't add sub-areas to an area that has routes already listed in it.

You or an administrator would need to move that route out to a temporary area, add the sub-areas you want to add, then move the route back in to the sub-area where it belongs.

Whether you *should* add the areas I suppose is a different question best answered by a local. I did recently see someone was taking photos of photos from the new Busse guidebook and posting them on here as beta photos. That's probably not cool...

By Mike Housiaux
Administrator
From: Rapid City
Jun 28, 2013

What are you trying to add? I know a trick or two.

By aschwartz
From: Spearfish,SD
Jun 30, 2013

The formations bowsprit poopdeck & barnacle...John this for you benefit so when go back there you can taste it, not waste it!