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Elevation: 6,116 ft 1,864 m
GPS: 43.8478, -103.5717
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Shared By: Peter Gram on Jun 25, 2002
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mikel Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description Suggest change

Middle Earth can be a very confusing area to visit. It is climbed in much less often than the Outlets, so expect solitude on most routes. Many routes require the better part of a rope length, requiring two ropes to rappel. Some good climbs are Hrum Hroom and Three Rings for the Elven Kings (very popular though).

This area's theme is inspired by J.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (long before the movie came out). The names come right from places and characters in these books. How appopriate too, as this area has a very magical feel to it...

Getting There Suggest change

Follow the signs from Hill City to Sylvan Lake (same as the Outlets). Hike around the lake heading north from the car. Walk through the Outlets until reaching the field north of Outer Outlet. From here, walk up the hill on the trail using switchbacks. At this hill crest is where Middle Earth begins. A left up another hill brings one to Hrum Hroom and Quickbeam. Most routes are located by heading down the hill from this crest and heading up gullies between rock formations.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Middle Earth

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 68
Second Breakfast
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 51
Of Quartz It Goes
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 44
Left Wing of Smaug
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 92
Waste Knot
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 8
West Rib
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
There and Back Again
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 48
Three Rings for the Elven Kings
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 25
Shelob
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 12
Thrain
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 13
Thror
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 19
Knob Goblin
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 35
Goldberry Lane
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
One Ring to Rule Them All
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Right Wight
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 6
Wight Out of Hell
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Second Breakfast Towers of Teeth > Ephel Duath
 68
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Of Quartz It Goes Far Downs
 51
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Left Wing of Smaug Far Downs
 44
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Waste Knot Towers of Teeth > Ephel Duath
 92
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
West Rib Near Downs
 8
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
There and Back Again Near Downs
 24
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Three Rings for the Elven K… Erebor
 48
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Shelob Torech Ungol
 25
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Thrain Near Downs
 12
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Thror Near Downs
 13
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Knob Goblin W Lies Mirkwood
 19
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad
Goldberry Lane Ered Lithui
 35
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
One Ring to Rule Them All E Lies Iron Hills
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Right Wight Near Downs
 8
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Wight Out of Hell Near Downs
 6
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
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