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Picket Fence Rock Climbing 


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Location: 43.8509, -103.5331 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Peter Gram on May 28, 2003
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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.

Climbing Season

For the Custer State Park area.

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',4],['5.12',1],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Picket Fence

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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
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Featured Route For Picket Fence
Rock Climbing Photo: Scheherazade on Gatepost

Scheherazade 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Gatepost
One of the better trad lines in the Needles. May be only 10+, but a full value one at that! Best done as one pitch but be very mindful of rope management, and be prepared to be on the lead for awhile. Gear and rock are excellent. Though some placement opportunities are a little ways apart, it never becomes R rated. Just exciting!Start in right facing off-width to gain the beautiful zig-zagging crack. When crack starts to disappear towards the top, traverse left then up face to link a couple more...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

Photos of Picket Fence Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: This map is from Touch the Sky and will help enorm...
This map is from Touch the Sky and will help enorm...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mystery Spires and Picket Fence
Mystery Spires and Picket Fence
Rock Climbing Photo: Picket Fence from Spire 2 or 3
Picket Fence from Spire 2 or 3
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron you take self-portraits on my camera and you...
Aaron you take self-portraits on my camera and you...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Conn sense of humor.  Story is Herb climbed ou...
The Conn sense of humor. Story is Herb climbed ou...
Rock Climbing Photo: Walking out at the end of a great fall day climbin...
Walking out at the end of a great fall day climbin...
Rock Climbing Photo: Picket Fence as seen from Spire Four
BETA PHOTO: Picket Fence as seen from Spire Four
Rock Climbing Photo: Jay.  What to say.
Jay. What to say.
Rock Climbing Photo: Picket Fence and Station 13 from Spire 1.
Picket Fence and Station 13 from Spire 1.
Rock Climbing Photo: Map of Picket Fence and Cathedral Spires
BETA PHOTO: Map of Picket Fence and Cathedral Spires

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