Elevation: 5,512 ft
GPS: 44.294, -103.874 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Orphaned User on Jul 29, 2011
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description

Are you sick and tired of baking in the hot Tatooine sun with these Goody-Two-Shoes who keep telling you that it's not O.K. to get angry and wipe out an entire village of Sand People just because you're having a bad day?

You, my young friend, need to step on over to The Dark Side. This is the premier Spearfish Canyon crag if you are seeking shade and relief from hot, summer days and want to crank on some of the most bullet-proof rock in the area.

Getting There

Tis best to park in the Sunshine Wall Parking lot which is 18.4 light years (O.K. miles) up Spearfish Canyon if you are traveling from Spearfish or 7.8 miles if you are traveling from Lead.

Either way you're going to go past the Cheyenne Crossing store, which I suggest you stop and get stocked up with water, candy bars and take a bathroom break before heading to the climbing areas past this last outpost of civilization.

After driving away from Cheyenne Crossing (heading towards Newcastle on Highway 85) you will travel for approximately 1.2 miles until you reach a large pullout on the left hand side of the road. Please park far away from the bridge that leads to the private residence.

Get out of your vehicle and start walking down the canyon as if you were heading back to Cheyenne Crossing. Go past a wooden guardrail and past a couple of houses which are located in the valley below the paved road you are walking on. Once you get past the entrance to the private, gravel road, which these houses are located on, start looking down toward the creek. The trail from the highway is hidden within some tall grass. If you can't find this part of the trail from the road, look for a primitive wooden bridge that crosses the creek. Cross the creek carefully and start walking uphill.

Your journey will take you through what appears to be the forest of Endor. There will be tons of ferns and what appears to be acres of lush, green moss that resembles a shag carpet as it spill down the hillsides. Please stay on the trail the best you can! In some sections you will have to go around and over some fallen trees.

This area is a unique habitat for some plants that probably don't grow in many places within Spearfish Canyon. Please respect the flora! Near the top of the trail you'll run into what appears to be piles of rock that form up into a wall. Once you reach the road at the end of the trail, head left to go to the Wild West Wall and The Goldmine...however, if you're a Jedi in training, who is simply pissed at the worlds and wants to get on some stellar climbs...take a right and head to The Dark Side. We have cookies.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Dark Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 57
Princess, I Wanna Lay-Ya.
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 49
Skywalker
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 40
Dead Man's Hand
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 27
Mister Fister
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 5
Admiral Slackbar
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 15
Power of the Darkside
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
Darth Slaydar
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
premature ecrackulation
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 29
death star
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 11
Prison Bound
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 13
Gabba the Nut
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 6
Obi-Wan KanBlowMe
Sport
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 10
Shady Lady
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 11
Tough Love
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 6
Living Water a.k.a. "The Trickle"
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Princess, I Wanna Lay-Ya. Warm Up Wall
 57
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Skywalker Warm Up Wall
 49
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Dead Man's Hand Wild W Wall
 40
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Mister Fister Dark Side Wall
 27
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Admiral Slackbar Dark Side Wall
 5
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Power of the Darkside Dark Side Wall
 15
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Darth Slaydar Dark Side Wall
 22
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
premature ecrackulation Streaker Wall
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
death star Dark Side Wall
 29
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Prison Bound Dark Side Wall
 11
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Gabba the Nut Dark Side Wall
 13
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Obi-Wan KanBlowMe Dark Side Wall
 6
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Shady Lady Dark Side Wall
 10
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Tough Love Dark Side Wall
 11
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Living Water a.k.a. "The Tr… Streaker Wall
 6
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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