This peak has at least 2 possible routes on it, but I don't know any history of them. The Rook lies just uphill of the billboard/kiosk of the entry to the Cathedral Spires trail, looming perhaps 70 feet overhead. The routes on it got afternoon shade.
Walk 10 or 20 meters in on the Cathedral Spires Trail and look uphill to your left. There it is.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Rook:
East Face 5.8- X Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80 feet
North Arete (unknown proper name) 5.8 R Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Featured Route For The Rook
This route climbs up (or in my case down) the East face of the rook, at it's east-most point, where the rooks is closest to the trail. A horizontal break with a quartzite band is at foot level for the 5.8- (?) crux, which is like the rest of the climb, unprotected. ...[more] Browse More Classics in SD