Pine Tree Rock is home to several moderate to hard, well-protected sport routes;(all L to R) Kiss My Aspen .10+, Evergreen .9, and Ate One Today .10b, on the W side. Summer School .10+ or .11(var), Bruiser .11-, and Emergency Snow Route .9, are on the SW side. All routes have rappel/lowering anchors on top.
From the Chopping Block sign-in station, head left and slightly uphill on the well-traveled trail, which then heads (W) steeply up the hill. After a couple hundred feet, Pine Tree Rock will be on the left. Looking up on the N side, you will be able to see Kiss My Aspen, Evergreen, and Ate One Today. These routes require two-rope rappels. Continuing up and around to the left, you will see the other 3 routes. There is also a trail to Pine Tree Rock heading SE from Chopping Block and the Meat Counter.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pine Tree Rock:
Evergreen 5.9 Sport, 1 pitch, 140 feet
Emergency Snow Route 5.9+ Sport, 65 feet
Summer School 5.10 Sport, 80 feet
Bruiser 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
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Emergency Snow Route 5.9+ SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Pine Tree Rock
The route is slightly overhanging for the first 35', so you might get a wee bit of a pump. But the holds through the schist are real positive! The crux is some steep reachy moves above the schist, moving into and up left out of a shallow pod about half-way. The route has lots of fun moves on great holds, with excellent pro. The original 5.9 rating may be a little soft. The name comes from a massive snow storm on 6/9/95 that delayed it's creation for a few days! ...[more] Browse More Classics in SD