Mt. Rushmore Family Adventure


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Michael Logan · · Carbondale, CO · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 0

I'll be in the Mt. Rushmore area in mid-June, and I'm wondering where the best place would be to take my family for an adventure.  I'm looking for either super easy multi-pitch routes (5.3 - 5.6), a fun and mellow top-roping area (5.5 - 5.9), or a cool hike amidst the rocks.  What's the best one-day family adventure that the Rushmore area has to offer?  My kids are 10 and 11.

mike gibson · · Rapid City, SD · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 0

Toy boat rock in the south seas area.  Several chain anchors on top and you can scramble up a 5.0 water chute on the south east end to set up top ropes.

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/toy-boat/105714348

Michael Logan · · Carbondale, CO · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 0

Thanks Mike.

mike gibson · · Rapid City, SD · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 0

One other suggestion is to save a bit of time, maybe two hours, to go see sylvan lake and the needles highway - especially the needles eye and cathedral spires.  Or maybe not because then you will wish you have more than one day.  There is a fairly short hike around Sylvan lake that is really cool.

Michael Logan · · Carbondale, CO · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 0

We actually have two days-we'll check it out. Thanks again.

Steve M · · MN · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 50

I agree with Toy Boat for single pitch toproping, if you're in Custer state park this is a great easy 2 pitch with a pretty easy approach: https://www.mountainproject.com/v/chockstone-pinnacle/106500976

mike gibson · · Rapid City, SD · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 0
Steve M wrote:

I agree with Toy Boat for single pitch toproping, if you're in Custer state park this is a great easy 2 pitch with a pretty easy approach: https://www.mountainproject.com/v/chockstone-pinnacle/106500976

2nd Steve's option.  Given custer versus rushmore, the options in custer state park (sylvan lake area) are much better in terms of scenery and climbing.  The only downside is that the routes are more challenging to find. 

Here's a couple other good options in the custer/Sylvan area. 

For this first one, waste knot, there are a couple adjacent and easier ones, that are also good.

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/waste-knot-/108244256

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/better-than-pool-and-pie/105714887

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/lander-turkey-shoot/105714950

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/inner-course/105715451

Michael Logan · · Carbondale, CO · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 0

Thanks guys.  The Sylvan lake area looks best for us.  My kids tolerate climbing, but what they like most is running around exploring cool nooks and crannies at climbing areas.  It looks like the Sylvan lake area has tons of potential for this kind of exploration.  My wife will love the 5.6 - 5.8 face routes you've recommended.  

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