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The Love Knob

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Big Ones Need Love Too T 
Forgotten Love T 
Love Above T,S 
Love Below T,S 
May-December Romance T 
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Recycled Love S 

The Love Knob  


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Location: 43.8929, -103.4689 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

A beautiful dome in a beautiful location. East/Southeast facing slab & crack climbing in a secluded valley hidden in a spruce forest. Some of the best splitter cracks in the Black Hills. The routes are right at 100' in length. Morning to early afternoon sun and sheltered from the wind. A good place on a warm winter day. Afternoon shade for summer outings.

Getting There 

Park at Wrinkled Rock Trailhead. Follow a trail trending northwest from the parking lot downhill into the valley. At some point the single track trail will turn into an old two track road that trends towards the northeast. Follow the old road until the trail forks left, right and the old two track goes straight north near an overhanging buttress just west of the trail. Continue north downhill on the old two track. Make a right at the intersection with another two track a short distance downhill. Follow the old two track to the northeast a short distance until you cross a small creek. The Love Knob is the attractive dome just north of where the trail crosses the creek. The approach takes about 15 minutes at the most.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.2 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',2],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['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 The Love Knob:
Forgotten Love   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   
Love Above   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Recycled Love   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Love Below   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Photos of The Love Knob Slideshow Add Photo
"Love Above" climbs the bolted face into the splitter crack left of center in the photo.
"Love Above" climbs the bolted face into the split...
"Forgotten Love" climbs the obvious corner/crack near the center of the photo.
"Forgotten Love" climbs the obvious corner/crack n...
"Recycled Love" climbs the face left of center in the photo. "Big Ones Need Love Too" climbs the crack on the left edge of the photo. "May-December Romance" climbs the thin cracks right of center in the photo. <br />
"Recycled Love" climbs the face left of center in ...
"Big Ones Need Love Too" climbs the obvious splitter in the center of the photo. "Recycled Love" follows the beautiful face just right of "Big Ones".
"Big Ones Need Love Too" climbs the obvious splitt...
Wind damaged trees near the base of The Love Knob from the storm on 10-29-08.
Wind damaged trees near the base of The Love Knob ...
"Love Below" climbs the obvious splitter just left center in the photo. "Big Ones" is near the right edge of the photo. "Love Above" is on the left edge of photo but is obscured by the tree branch.
"Love Below" climbs the obvious splitter just left...
Yet another perspective of the wind at work.
Yet another perspective of the wind at work.

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