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Abominable Snowman 2 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Axe Edge 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Kindergarten Rock 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Monster Gully 1 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Picture Window 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Shakers 5 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Elevation: 5,283 ft
GPS: 43.883, -103.463 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 20,206 total · 106/month
Shared By: Anonymous Coward on Jun 28, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty


Another easy to access Rushmore area with fun climbs of a variety of difficulties. I would guess the most popular route in the area is the beautiful 'Gossamer'.
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Getting There

The Monster North area is another one that is easy to find and easy to get lost in. From the sign in board, take a left down the main trail. The main wall you see at the kiosk is known as Monster North.

To access most of the routes you'll head left on the trail from the sign in board.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Monster North

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Salt and Pepper Shaker
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Butter Knife
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pointy Little Devil
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dark Tower
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Trad, Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Too Easy for Hard Men
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Corruption is Contagious
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Skid Marks
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Creature Comforts
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Hill City Shootout: Bullets Not Blanks
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Lost Boy's Shadow
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Side Arm
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
The Nightman Cometh
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Salt and Pepper Shaker Shakers
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad
Butter Knife Shakers
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Gossamer Picture Window
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Sulley Monster Gully
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Pointy Little Devil Shakers
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Dark Tower Shakers
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Kodah Axe Edge
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Too Easy for Hard Men Abominable Snowman
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Corruption is Contagious Abominable Snowman
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Skid Marks Shakers
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Creature Comforts Abominable Snowman
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Hill City Shootout: Bullet… Abominable Snowman
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Lost Boy's Shadow Monster Gully
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Side Arm Abominable Snowman
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Nightman Cometh Shakers
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
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Mike Madsen
Rapid City
Mike Madsen   Rapid City  
Hey Melinda,
I will try and update some of the info in the coming days. This has never been an issue for anyone passing through. When I first moved to the Hills Years ago there wasn't a current guidebook and I still seem to find everything. With that said I'm not saying that it is an easy place and agree it is VERY EASY to get turned around. Hope you ended up finding some good climbs to get on in the area. Thanks, Mike Jun 10, 2017
For first time climbers in the area, figuring out which pulloff to park at/finding the trailhead with the sign-in khiosk, and finding the routes in the Monster, Marker, Shaker area MIGHT be challenging. There are some contradicting information in the descriptions and comments. I really love MP but sometimes it's best to buy the book. My boyfriend and I used MP to find the area and routes and both struggled. He has a great amount of expirence and the directions still stumped him. Once we actually figured out where to park and sign-in we made our way to the base of the correct area. Then the biggest challenge was finding where the routes were... We didn't want to be overly confident and jump on routes we thought were the correct ones. The confusing directions for all of the routes led us to frustration and disappointment. My boyfriend has decades of expirence and skill and he wasn't just going to jump on a route he wasn't sure was correct. I followed his lead and failed to figure out what routes we were looking at. From leaving the campground to finally giving up and driving to Hills City to buy the book was about a three hour adventure. BtW, nowhere in the town of Keystone has any guide books! You must go to Hill City which is about 20-30 min away from Keystone. Go to Granite Sports. They had a great selection of books and were very nice and helpful! We bought "The Needles of Mount Rushmore" by Andrew Nurse and Andrew Burr. It was recommended to us and we heard from others this was the book to get. If the weather turns and starts hailing and storming for food stop in Desparados for some food! Great prices for the area and very friendly staff. When we finally got back to climbing using the book got us quickly to where we wanted to climb and with their helpful descriptions we found the routes immediately and we got to climb! I recommend to routes in Magna Carta, Picture Window routes.. cool, unique routes. Getting to the arĂȘte can be spooky of you don't like a lot of exposure. Layback moves are key to make it more fun and less challenging. Placing fear towards to the of any of the routes on this wall can be tricky and spooky with the exposure I mentioned before. Jun 9, 2017
When I suggested 'someone' fix the anchors/bolts on Mooshie Monster Farts I did so because I do not have the tools to fix them myself. Plus, Bob, Ron, and whoever else is doing the retro-bolting do a wonderful job. If I had the equipment I would do it, but I don't. So...if someone would like to look at said route, a few of us believe it deserves some attention. Thanks!!!!! Oct 6, 2002
You know about the sketchy bolt anchors, why don't you go and fix them. Why should everyone expect a couple few to fix everything for the rest of us. Who knows when they will find out about the bolts or they may even have routes that are of a higher priority to fix. Sep 12, 2002
To anyone who is interested...

There are some sketchy bolts that could use replacing on Mooshie Monster Farts in the Monster Area. I know Bob and Ron are always doing these types of things, and with the tools to do so expediently, perhaps this is a route you could fix? Just a suggestion. It's just such a terrific route, I would hate to have something like an accident or a broken anchor stop somebody from trying it.

Thanks!Dan Sep 9, 2002

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