Elevation: 4,087 ft
GPS: 44.054, -103.363 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 21,816 total · 105/month
Shared By: Peter Gram on Jun 21, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
Overnight
59°F 15°C
Wed
81°F - 57°F 27°C - 14°C
Thu
84°F - 63°F 29°C - 17°C
Fri
92°F - 65°F 33°C - 18°C
Sat
88°F - 63°F 31°C - 17°C
Sun
83°F - 61°F 28°C - 16°C
Mon
77°F - 59°F 25°C - 15°C

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
 20
Garden Party
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Paperboy Centerfold
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 17
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
 21
Two Bits
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
France By Chance
Sport, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
Blockhead
Sport, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 12
Seams to Go
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 18
Killer Wasp From Hell
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 16
Flatland Fever
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Adaptation
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 13
One Finger Solution
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Garden Party N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 20
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Paperboy Centerfold N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Better a Hasbeen Than a Wan… S Canyon Wall
 17
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
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
France By Chance N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 9
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Blockhead N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 21
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Seams to Go N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 12
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Killer Wasp From Hell N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 18
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
Flatland Fever N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 16
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Adaptation N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 6
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
One Finger Solution N Canyon Wall > Main Wall
 13
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
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