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Carrier Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Double Dyno Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Eastern Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Fat Pat 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Golden Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Hanta Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
South Central (Main Area) 0 / 0 / 1 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
West Side 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 4,536 ft
GPS: 44.155, -103.469 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Peter Gram on Jun 21, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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The Rock Maze is a small area, but is filled with many fun, moderate boulder problems. Many good and interesting ones are in the V5 and under range. Most rocks are around 10 feet high or under on Sandstone, with a few traverses and higher problems. And if your tips get too shredded, then you can have fun exploring the mazes. They are really narrow, and tall enough to play hide and seek.

Make sure to check out Muscle Corner (V5), Southern Discomfort (V2), and Slot Machine (V1).

Getting There

From Rapid City, follow Nemo Road NW out of town. After about 14 miles from the edge of town (intersection with Berry Pines Road), Steamboat Rock recreation area is seen on the right. Either park here, or there is a small blocked off dirt road on the other side of the road to park at. You can also get here by taking highway 44 out of Rapid City, then cutting over to Nemo Road from Norris Peak Road.

Hike south up this road, then shortly after take a left on a faint road. Follow this road as it parallels the rocks that are just to the left. Take a left at the hill crest and walk for a minute or so to the main area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rock Maze

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
V0 4
Carrier Face
V1 5
Slot Machine
V2- 5+
Arete of Sunshine
V2 5+
Southern Discomfort
V2 5+
Double Dyno
V2 5+
East-Side Poseurs
V3 6A
Breaking Point aka Single Carot
V3 6A
Tiger Lilly Face
V3-4 6A+
Blue Chips
V5 6C
Plugged Nickel
V6+ 7A
Erica's Arete
V7+ 7A+ X
Little Monster
TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Milligram Eastern Area V0 4 Boulder
Carrier Face Carrier Boulder V0 4 Boulder
Slot Machine S Central (Main A… > Slot Machine Boulder V1 5 Boulder
Arete of Sunshine S Central (Main A… > Sunshine Boulder V2- 5+ Boulder
Southern Discomfort S Central (Main A… > Southern Discomfort Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
Double Dyno Double Dyno Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
East-Side Poseurs Golden Wall V2 5+ Boulder
Breaking Point aka Single C… S Central (Main A… > Breaking Point Boulder aka Singl… V3 6A Boulder
Tiger Lilly Face S Central (Main A… > TIger Lily Boulder V3 6A Boulder
Blue Chips Double Dyno Boulder V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Plugged Nickel S Central (Main A… > Plugged Nickel Boulder V5 6C Boulder
Erica's Arete S Central (Main A… > Ericas Arete V6+ 7A Boulder
Little Monster S Central (Main A… > S Central Rocks V7+ 7A+ X TR, Boulder
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Rapid City
DakotaToni   Rapid City
The Black Hills Climbers' Coalition will be cleaning up the area and removing graffiti from the Rock Maze during the annual Adopt-a-Crag event. Please join us at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Mar 27, 2017
Andrew Gram
Salt Lake City, UT
Andrew Gram   Salt Lake City, UT  
I just visited the Maze again over Thanksgiving, and I was horrified by all of the graffiti. It would be nice to see a clean up, and locals should organize some ass kicking squads to take care of whoever is trashing the place. Dec 7, 2010
YOU KNOW I JUST STARTED CLIMBING AND THIS PLACE IS GREAT FOR LEARNING the basics on moving on the rock. It is a gorgeous place to relax and have fun climbing and hiking. THERE IS ONE PROBLEM: people please respect the area and clean up your trash. Please, this is truly a remarkable area to enjoy, but "pack out what you pack in." I will post pictures on here soon for a more updated view of the "MAZE" AS WELL AS a few of me solving some of the problems in the maze. I love this gorgeous area....... Jun 6, 2009
Yea this place is really cool. People have parties up there and the place is pretty trashed. I've gone climbing up there once and we go paintballing all the time up there. May 11, 2009
This place rocks. The problems are pretty easy to find, the majority you just have to walk around the outside and you can see most of them. If you come here tho i would recommend to bring a brush for some of the holds. Oct 26, 2006
Part of the problem with the Rock Maze is that there isn't anything to consult for information on the area. We do not have a guidebook or anything else, except for the website, and what information I have been able to get my hands on has been inconsistent and incomplete at best.

I'm heading out to the Rock Maze this afternoon to take pictures of EVERY single problem I know of (or until my camera can't hold anymore data), and then it won't be so hard to figure out what problem we are all talking about. I've spent the last four years out there searching and doing stuff that I had never done before with a variety of individuals, stuff that nobody has told me otherwise about--until now.

I have put stuff up on the site to start keeping record for the area, because it is a spectacular area, in my opinion. It would be nice to have some kind of source (this website) to consult and add to over time, and that has been my intentions from the beginning--not to claim FAs or anything as trivial. I couldn't give a shit. I just want a resource to let us know what is around and what skill/strength level is required.

I've also been trying to clean the area up, because whoever visits the area seems to LOVE Taco Bell and Amoco (there's trash everywhere). And I realize that other people besides boulderers go to the Rock Maze. We just need to watch this activity and clean up when we can, right? I take almost an entire garbage bag out with me every other time I go out there. AND, somebody has been destroying vegetation--obviously climbers (I'll add a picture for effect tonight).


PS. Baldy, Iron Moutain, and any other area I am aware of will be combed with a camera in the next month, too. So, when we're done with the Rock Maze, then we'll hash out the others.

May 20, 2003

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