Elevation: 5,725 ft
GPS: 43.881, -103.462 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Andy Busse on Nov 14, 2007 · Updates
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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Description

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial climbing offers amazing pegmatite granite climbing that ranges from 10' boulders to over 600' traditional routes all with great access. The area has climbing on every aspect, allowing the season to run from spring to fall with an occasional winter day (South Dakota weather depending). Rock quality is generally very good, as is most protection.

Guidebooks:
Mt. Rushmore National Memorial Climbers Guide by Vernon R. Phinney (Out Of Print)

The Needles Of Rushmore by Andrew Busse and Andrew Burr 2012 is the best and newest guide to the area.

Free Camping: Wrinkled Rock
Main Hub: Rapid City

Getting There

From: Mt. Rushmore National Memorial Entrance stoplight.
Head west on SD-244 Peter Norbeck Scenic Hwy, away from Keystone for approx 1.1 mi. There will be a shoulder pull-off on the right hand side of the road. This is the Emancipation/ Inner Marker Parking Area.

Marker/Monster Parking Area, continue up the road approx (350') to approx the 1.2 mile mark from the entrance, to another shoulder pull-off on the left side of the road. There is a climbers sign-in kiosk at the entrance.

South Seas/Chopping Block Paved Parking Lot is approx (.4 mi) further up the road at approx the 1.6 mile mark from the entrance located adjacent to the Mt Rushmore Memorial Sign. There are climber sign-in kiosks on both sides of the road. SS is on the NE side of the road and Chopping Block is on the SW side of the road.

Wrinkled Rock Free Campground is another (.1 mi) up the road on the right at approx the 1.7 mile mark from the entrance, designated with a sign.

Breezy Point, continue up 244 an additional (.2 mi); it is on the right and also signed, it is located at approx the 1.9 mile mark from the entrance light.

Web Link to Google Map:
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Classic Climbing Routes at Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 212
Second Hand Rose Arete
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 132
Solitaire
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 98
Weird Water
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 204
Gossamer
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 153
Shark's Breath
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 245
Waves
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 142
Star Dancer
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 169
Garfield Goes To Washington
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 80
Shark Bait
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 128
Pointy Little Devil
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 98
Valdez Overhang
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 80
Evergreen
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 129
Baba Cool
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 86
Pelican's Dike-ination
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 70
Mr. Critical
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Second Hand Rose Arete S Seas > Hornets Nest
 212
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Solitaire S Seas > Borneo
 132
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Weird Water Magna Carta > Marker > Middle Marker Area
 98
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Gossamer Magna Carta > Monster North > Picture Window
 204
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Shark's Breath S Seas > Sharks Fin
 153
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Waves S Seas > Shipyard Rock
 245
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Star Dancer Magna Carta > Marker > Middle Marker Area
 142
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Garfield Goes To Washington Emancipation > White House Wall
 169
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Shark Bait S Seas > Sharks Fin
 80
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pointy Little Devil Magna Carta > Monster North > Shakers
 128
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Valdez Overhang Chopping Block > Chopping Block
 98
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Evergreen Chopping Block > Pine Tree Rock
 80
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Baba Cool Chopping Block > Chopping Block
 129
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Pelican's Dike-ination S Seas > Borneo
 86
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mr. Critical S Seas > Hornets Nest
 70
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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