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 with improvements by MELINDA
Admins: Andrew Gram, 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
 167
Second Hand Rose Arete
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 112
Solitaire
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 85
Weird Water
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 181
Gossamer
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 134
Shark's Breath
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 201
Waves
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 120
Bolts for Bobs
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 113
Star Dancer
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 139
Garfield Goes To Washington
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 98
Pointy Little Devil
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 83
Valdez Overhang
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 62
Evergreen
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 108
Baba Cool
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 69
Pelican's Dike-ination
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 59
Mr. Critical
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Second Hand Rose Arete S Seas > Hornets Nest
 167
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Solitaire S Seas > Borneo
 112
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Weird Water Magna Carta > Marker > Middle Marker Area
 85
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Gossamer Magna Carta > Monster North > Picture Window
 181
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Shark's Breath S Seas > Sharks Fin
 134
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Waves S Seas > Shipyard Rock
 201
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Bolts for Bobs S Seas > Borneo
 120
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Star Dancer Magna Carta > Marker > Middle Marker Area
 113
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Garfield Goes To Washington Emancipation > White House Wall
 139
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Pointy Little Devil Magna Carta > Monster North > Shakers
 98
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Valdez Overhang Chopping Block > Chopping Block
 83
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Evergreen Chopping Block > Pine Tree Rock
 62
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Baba Cool Chopping Block > Chopping Block
 108
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Pelican's Dike-ination S Seas > Borneo
 69
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mr. Critical S Seas > Hornets Nest
 59
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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