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Elevation: 4,735 ft
GPS: 43.88753, -103.46952
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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 Suggest change

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.
V6 7A
 44
Orange Roughy
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 270
Second Hand Rose Arete
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 109
Weird Water
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 242
Gossamer
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 302
Waves
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 158
Star Dancer
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 202
Garfield Goes To Washington
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 157
Pointy Little Devil
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 115
Valdez Overhang
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 84
Lead Fillings
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 101
Evergreen
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 157
Baba Cool
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 84
The Pollinator
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 90
Mr. Critical
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 41
Beetle Juice
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Orange Roughy Mt Rushmore Nat… > … > Old Baldy Front… > Orange Roughy Boulder
 44
V6 7A Boulder
Second Hand Rose Arete Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Hornets Nest
 270
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Weird Water Mt Rushmore Nat… > … > Marker > Middle Marker Area
 109
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Gossamer Mt Rushmore Nat… > … > Monster North > Picture Window
 242
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Waves Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Shipyard Rock
 302
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Star Dancer Mt Rushmore Nat… > … > Marker > Middle Marker Area
 158
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Garfield Goes To Washington Mt Rushmore Nat… > Emancipation > White House Wall
 202
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Pointy Little Devil Mt Rushmore Nat… > … > Monster North > Shakers
 157
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Valdez Overhang Mt Rushmore Nat… > Chopping Block > Birthday Rock
 115
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Lead Fillings Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Child's Molar
 84
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Evergreen Mt Rushmore Nat… > Chopping Block > Pine Tree Rock
 101
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Baba Cool Mt Rushmore Nat… > Chopping Block > Chopping Block
 157
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
The Pollinator Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Hornets Nest
 84
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mr. Critical Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Hornets Nest
 90
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Beetle Juice Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Hornets Nest
 41
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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