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Elevation: 4,087 ft 1,246 m
GPS: 44.05384, -103.36295
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Shared By: Peter Gram on Jun 21, 2002
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mikel Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description Suggest change

Falling Rock is good for a pumpy winter workout, or a forearm burn for an hour or two after work. This area is a limestone walled canyon which stays warm enough to climb in the winter due to south facing rock. There is not a huge quantity of routes, but they are all vertical and less than half a rope length. The parking lot is located at the top of the cliffs, so setting up topropes is very easy, although many routes are bolted. Also, a few cracks are available, so bring a light rack to lead these.

Getting There Suggest change

Drive four and a half miles out of Rapid City on highway 44 (Rimrock Highway) from the junction of Jackson Blvd and Canyon Lake Drive. As the road curves to the right, watch for a gravel road leading off to the left. Turn on to this road and immediately is a parking lot for the main area, which has the south facing cliffs and the bulk of the routes. If desired, continue another .7 miles to a pulloff on the left with an old blocked off dirt road. Park here for the north facing cliffs, which are better for warm days.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Falling Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V5 6C
 4
Project Mayhem
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
Garden Party
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 25
Paperboy Centerfold
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 20
Better a Hasbeen Than a Wannabe
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 12
Why Be Normal
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 20
Spermatose
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 27
Two Bits
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
France By Chance
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 17
Men Without Egos
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 23
Blockhead
Sport, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Seams to Go
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 22
Killer Wasp From Hell
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 19
Flatland Fever
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 5
Lost Direction
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 14
One Finger Solution
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Project Mayhem Falling Rock Drainage
 4
V5 6C Boulder
Garden Party N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Paperboy Centerfold N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Better a Hasbeen Than a Wan… S Canyon Wall
 20
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Why Be Normal N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 12
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Spermatose S Canyon Wall
 20
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Two Bits N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 27
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
France By Chance N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Men Without Egos S Canyon Wall
 17
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Blockhead N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 23
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Seams to Go N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 14
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Killer Wasp From Hell N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 22
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
Flatland Fever N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 19
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Lost Direction N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 5
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Sport
One Finger Solution N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 14
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
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