Elevation: 4,735 ft
GPS: 43.912, -103.435 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Mike Madsen on Feb 28, 2017
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description

The Needles of Rushmore encompasses most of the same areas described in the new guidebook. This is one of the more complex areas in the Black Hills. There is endless rock as far as the eye can see. With the tall granite formations of Mount Rushmore to the vast sea that is The Chessman on the flanks of Black Elk Peak 7,242ft ( Harney Peak.) Or as one looks out among the oasis of spires scattered in a serene valley. Situated ready for the next adventurer to find his or her way to their summit. The Playground offers a grand Black Hills experience and from the distance you can see the mighty Cathedral Spires and Little Devils Tower.

Getting There

for most of the information listed on this page a good hub town for these areas is either keystone on the east or Hill City on the west. Most of the climbing lies between these two towns.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Needles Of Rushmore

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 177
Second Hand Rose Arete
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 119
Solitaire
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 88
Weird Water
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 190
Gossamer
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 138
Shark's Breath
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 216
Waves
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 124
Star Dancer
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 149
Garfield Goes To Washington
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 73
Shark Bait
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 108
Pointy Little Devil
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 85
Valdez Overhang
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 65
Evergreen
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 109
Baba Cool
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 74
Pelican's Dike-ination
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 61
Mr. Critical
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Second Hand Rose Arete Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Hornets Nest
 177
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Solitaire Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Borneo
 119
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Weird Water Mt Rushmore Nat… > … > Marker > Middle Marker Area
 88
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Gossamer Mt Rushmore Nat… > … > Monster North > Picture Window
 190
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Shark's Breath Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Sharks Fin
 138
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Waves Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Shipyard Rock
 216
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Star Dancer Mt Rushmore Nat… > … > Marker > Middle Marker Area
 124
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Garfield Goes To Washington Mt Rushmore Nat… > Emancipation > White House Wall
 149
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Shark Bait Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Sharks Fin
 73
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pointy Little Devil Mt Rushmore Nat… > … > Monster North > Shakers
 108
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Valdez Overhang Mt Rushmore Nat… > Chopping Block > Chopping Block
 85
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Evergreen Mt Rushmore Nat… > Chopping Block > Pine Tree Rock
 65
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Baba Cool Mt Rushmore Nat… > Chopping Block > Chopping Block
 109
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Pelican's Dike-ination Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Borneo
 74
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mr. Critical Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Hornets Nest
 61
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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