Photo of the Picket Fence and the Mystery Spires f...
The Picket Fence is a small interesting area to the northwest of the Cathedral Spires. This area is seldom visited, and remains mostly undeveloped. Twenty or more unique spires await climbing without the crowds of the Cathedral Spires. However, because of the lack of previous ascents, much of the rock is covered in moss and lichen, and one must be careful of possible loose rock still on the climbs.
Before heading out to the Picket Fence for the first time, get a great view and orient yourself from the base of Station 13 in the Cathedral Spires. Bring a standard rack for most of the climbs, few routes are bolted.
Park at the trailhead for the Cathedral Spires, a few miles past the Needles Eye. Follow the trail #4 towards the Cathedral Spires, and when the small climber's trail heads right at the base, make sure to stay left. Continue up a big hill that works its way behind the Cathedral Spires. The trail then bends to the right. Follow this up a gradual hill until a large flat spot with no vegetation is encountered. This should be right before the trail heads downhill steeply.
This is the base of the Picket Fence. Directions from here are different depending on the destination rock.
Climbing Season For the Custer State Park area.
Weather station 4.9 miles from here
7 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Featured Route For Picket Fence
Conn Route 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
: Custer State Park
: ... : Sickle
The route is rated 5.3, but one must keep in mind that this rating is from Touch the Sky, and may seem a tad underrated (Mark Schwartz and I both thought 5.5 would be a fair rating). There are two distinct cruxes when coming to a small headwalls and having to move from one formation to another. ...[more] Browse More Classics in SD
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