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Clearcut Tower Rock Climbing 

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This area was recently clear cut by logging activities and there are no living trees. The only plants are mullins and others that prefer disturbed soils. This was once a beautiful peaceful grotto - once graced by a pile of timber 30' high right smack in the center of the draw but in 2017 the pile was slash burned. The one climb (2015) faces south, on warm winter days with sun is nice and warm and conversely, in the summer on a blazing hot day with not one pine cone for shade - you will roast. And too, the north wind is blocked nicely.

Getting There 

Park as you would for Westworld just west of Breezy Point picnic area on SD 244. Again, don't block the gate and allow for additional vehicles, although, we have never seen a second vehicle here. Hike up old road about 175 yards, look across the draw to the north, there is a tower separated from the others by a grassy gully. The tower on the right is Clearcut. Head towards the tower and note the nice crack on the left side and maybe you can see through the crack. Sunlight shines through the crack a few days in late summer. This is Clearcut Tower.

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For the Mount Rushmore National Memorial area.

Weather station 1.3 miles from here

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Clearcut Lightline 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Clearcut Tower
NE of the main West World Wall, there are a few smaller towers as you get farther from the highway. From the parking/approach at the highway hike up the old road 175 yards and cut across the meadow aiming for the tower right or east of a gap between this and the towers closer to West World proper. From the base of the tower below the crack, scramble up and make a funky move to reach the bottom of the crack. Do the hardest move then use the crack to reach some boulders, a brief face climb and a w...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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