Elevation: 5,285 ft
GPS: 43.882, -103.462 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Anonymous Coward on Jun 26, 2002
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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Description

A pretty big hunk of rock with some incredible routes. Like most of the Rushmore area, it is a bit confusing at first. After you've located a couple routes things get much easier. Some fun, popular moderates include Solo System, Star Dancer, and Weird Water.

Getting There

The Marker area is one of the closest to the monument and just off 244. Coming from in from the monument, look for the 2nd? pullout on the left. If you get the correct one, the trail and sign-in board are just down the trail right across the street. You might have to follow the trail a short distance to see the kiosk, but if it's there you're in the right place!

Before you start going, look up and to the right - the beautiful summits are the Middle & Inner Markers. Follow the trail straight in and up the gully, the Middle Marker is on the right, the Inner Marker is behind it.

43 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Marker

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 86
Solo System
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 105
Weird Water
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 147
Star Dancer
Sport, TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 24
Make Believe
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 15
Schist for Brains
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 14
Thunder Road
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 8
Roadside Plum
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 43
Don't Stahl
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Moonstone
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 13
Rum and Coke
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 39
Deja' Vu Prophecy
Sport 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 19
Lightning Never Strikes Twice
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 12
Schist Happens
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 10
Regenerator
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 4
Raisins in the Sun
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Solo System Middle Marker Area
 86
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
Weird Water Middle Marker Area
 105
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Star Dancer Middle Marker Area
 147
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Make Believe Middle Marker Area
 24
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Schist for Brains Schist Head
 15
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Thunder Road Middle Marker Area
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
Roadside Plum Middle Marker Area
 8
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Don't Stahl Middle Marker Area
 43
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Moonstone Middle Marker Area
 20
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Rum and Coke Middle Marker Area
 13
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Deja' Vu Prophecy Middle Marker Area
 39
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Lightning Never Strikes Twice Inner Marker
 19
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Schist Happens Schist Head
 12
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Regenerator Inner Marker
 10
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Raisins in the Sun Middle Marker Area
 4
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad, Sport
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