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Description 

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.


Getting There 

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.


4 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Picket Fence:
The Buttonhole   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Buttonhole
Conn Route   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Sickle
Conn Route   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Wicked Picket
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Aaron chillaxin in the BH.  Oct 2011.

The Buttonhole 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a  SD : Custer State Park : ... : The Buttonhole
Climb towards the obvious 'buttonhole', a thin slit in the rock formation near the top of the spire. The actual summit is over to the left, or climb through the buttonhole and go to the top of that portion. Summit register is missing. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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This map is from Touch the Sky and will help enormously navigating the Spires and Picket Fence.
This map is from Touch the Sky and will help enorm...
Mystery Spires and Picket Fence
Mystery Spires and Picket Fence
Picket Fence from Spire 2 or 3
Picket Fence from Spire 2 or 3
Picket Fence as seen from Spire Four
BETA PHOTO: Picket Fence as seen from Spire Four
Jay.  What to say.
Jay. What to say.
Picket Fence and Station 13 from Spire 1.
Picket Fence and Station 13 from Spire 1.
Aaron you take self-portraits on my camera and you know they're going on mp.  The former Councilman in all his glory.
Aaron you take self-portraits on my camera and you...
Walking out at the end of a great fall day climbing in the spires.
Walking out at the end of a great fall day climbin...
The Conn sense of humor.  Story is Herb climbed out and straddled this fallen spire and pounded in a bolt to hold a summit register.  Wrote "FA, the day before the big blow, Herb and Jan Conn" or something like that.  The register is long gone but you can see the bolt in this shot.  For a while we were convinced this spire toppled in the last 50 years, till we read about it in the guide.  Hilarious.
The Conn sense of humor. Story is Herb climbed ou...
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