Elevation: 6,116 ft
GPS: 43.848, -103.572 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Peter Gram on Jun 25, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description

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

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.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 35
Quickbeam
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 36
Hrum Hroom
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 28
Of Quartz It Goes
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 27
Left Wing of Smaug
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
Waste Knot
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 23
The Outer Shadow aka Morannon
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 7
West Rib
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 13
There and Back Again
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 32
Three Rings for the Elven Kings
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 25
Fool of a Took
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 9
Thrain
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 10
Thror
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 16
Knob Goblin
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 5
The Eye of Sauron
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 25
Goldberry Lane
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Quickbeam Fanghorn Hills
 35
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Hrum Hroom Fanghorn Hills
 36
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Of Quartz It Goes Far Downs
 28
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Left Wing of Smaug Far Downs
 27
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Waste Knot Towers of Teeth > Ephel Duath
 49
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Outer Shadow aka Morannon Towers of Teeth > Ephel Duath
 23
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
West Rib Near Downs
 7
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
There and Back Again Near Downs
 13
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Three Rings for the Elven K… Erebor
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Fool of a Took Near Downs
 25
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Thrain Near Downs
 9
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Thror Near Downs
 10
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Knob Goblin W Lies Mirkwood
 16
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad
The Eye of Sauron E Lies Iron Hills
 5
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad
Goldberry Lane Ered Lithui
 25
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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