The Playground Rock Climbing
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A vast area that extends from highway 244 to about two miles into the wilderness, south of Horsetheif Lake. Mainly follows Trail #14, from the lake trailhead, through a valley that can get relatively swampy in certain spots during the spring/summer. Generally a flat approach. Considered a 'backcountry' area, you'll probably see hikers before you see another climber. Still quite undeveloped, lots of potential, hand-drill only.
Main parking is the Horsetheif Lake trailhead south of the lake. Or right off Hwy 244 in front of gate (for Hidden Acres). 0-60 min approaches.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 1.8 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Playground
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Playground:
Featured Route For The Playground
Almastafa 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b SD
: Horsethief Lake Area
: ... : High Point / Labor Day Week...
Do you enjoy hand jams, finger locks, fins, and hard crystal pulling? How about all of that in one route. This route has it all and is a true classic on high quality rock that surprisingly is free of moss and liken. This route climbs the left arête then transitions right under the roof to some flakes and a bolt. From there the route follows the flakes and the finger / hand crack to a bulge at the top....[more] Browse More Classics in SD