Elevation: 4,087 ft
GPS: 44.054, -103.363 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Peter Gram on Jun 21, 2002
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description

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

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.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Garden Party
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 23
Paperboy Centerfold
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Better a Hasbeen Than a Wannabe
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 17
Spermatose
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 26
Two Bits
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
Getting The Bob
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Sex Machine
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
France By Chance
Sport, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
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
 20
Killer Wasp From Hell
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 17
Flatland Fever
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Adaptation
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
Lost Direction
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 14
One Finger Solution
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Garden Party N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Paperboy Centerfold N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 23
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Better a Hasbeen Than a Wan… S Canyon Wall
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Spermatose S Canyon Wall
 17
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Two Bits N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 26
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Getting The Bob S Canyon Wall
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Sex Machine N Canyon Wall > Intimacy Wall
 3
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
France By Chance N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Blockhead N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 22
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
 20
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
Flatland Fever N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 17
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Adaptation N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 7
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Lost Direction N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 4
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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