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Eyetooth is an unmistakable spire that looms at the top of the Spire Four-Five gully. The tip of the spire is curving and produces a massive overhang on the uphill side. The routes to the top are fairly bold, and should not be taken lightly. Bring gear for any route, although a few bolts are in place. Also, a two-rope rappel is recommended. A one-rope rappel may be possible, with the addition of a downclimb in a 4th class chimney.

Getting There 

Take trail #4 towards the Cathedral Spires. Take the climber's spur trail to the right before reaching the spires. Start counting major gullies. Pass the first 3 major gullies, and head up the 4th. This approach can be confusing. Tend leftwards, and identify the Spire Four-Five gully by being the most wide and open of any of them. If you have chosen correctly, Eyetooth will be very obvious sitting in the center of the gully. Do not attempt to find this from the uphill side because it cliffs out and you will not be able to reach the base of the routes.

Climbing Season

For the Cathedral Spires area.

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Eyetooth

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eyetooth:
Eyetooth   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Pulling Teeth   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
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Pulling Teeth 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Eyetooth
This route tackles the overhanging northwest face of Eyetooth. The route is varied throughout and includes thoughtful gear placements, classic needles cracks, overhanging "sport" climbing and even an exciting step across! Originally put up with no bolts, though it detoured right after pulling the crux. Cheyenne and I returned to put in the direct finish, this time with a bolt kit! Like all CSP routes this was put in ground-up, both times. It can be started from both sides of the ridge line. The ...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

Photos of Eyetooth Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Eyetooth from downhill in the Spire Four-Five gull...
BETA PHOTO: Eyetooth from downhill in the Spire Four-Five gull...
Rock Climbing Photo: Eyetooth from West Gruesome
Eyetooth from West Gruesome
Rock Climbing Photo: Such a cool rock spire!  Shot from 2005.
Such a cool rock spire! Shot from 2005.
Rock Climbing Photo: The view of eyetooth while rappeling from Spire 4
BETA PHOTO: The view of eyetooth while rappeling from Spire 4

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By Rich Nyquist
From: Boulder, Colo
May 6, 2003
There is also a route that goes up the flake on the upper south face and steps left at a piton to more or less the same face. It felt about like 5.8 too and just as spectacular.
By Daniel Storjohann
From: Golden, CO
Mar 29, 2005
I believe the classic or original line follows an east facing chimney to a prominant horn (you can barely wrap your arms around it). From there, climb the crack to connect to the diagonal seams, which contain hidden pins. Classic Needle's traverse. Scramble to the top, with the final exam being a test on smearing skills. Great view of the final pitch of the east gruesome conn route.
By Christian B. Baird
Aug 24, 2005
The upper piton in diagonal is impossible to put a biner on.try a corded quickdraw, or the new thin slings.
Aug 4, 2009
This hunk of rock could become your ultimate road less traveled. It was birthed from the fiery depths, for the purpose of suppressing and even killing the inner sport climber that is keeping you from becoming the adventure climber that you desire to be. In the mind's eye, this spire brings forth images of evil, like the castle in the "Dark Tower", it looms like a symbolic nightmare, a defiant provocation for the gunslinger to unleash a new level of confidence and inner prowess upon. After a miserable hike, you will walk around the base of this hideous monstrosity, clutching your Poor person's Guide and thinking to yourself "Which crack you jackass? How about some freaking beta here?!" My partner and I started this journey too late in the day one fine summer, just like all those boobs in the movies, who decided to go kill Dracula, at his castle, just after happy hour. I can't tell you if we picked the right crack, but the pro was solid and the climbing was of the challenging pick your own adventure variety. On the second pitch, all I could hear was the tick tock of my tell tale heart as I watched my partner put in shaky pro along this beautiful, enticing flake that looked, and climbed like a backwards version of Gossamer. After slinging the top of the flake, the journey became a bit more mysterious, and heart-stopping, as my partner took a fifteen foot whipper while attempting the face moves, averting death and dismemberment by the toothy pits below by a questionably placed TCU. Then, with the dark skies flashing with lighting, and gloomy racing clouds racing over Custer, we repelled off, just before the malevolent darkness engulfed us, and we managed to liv to adventure another day. I highly recommend this climb for its mysterious and unstraightforward beauty. Go figure it out for yourself, we must all find our own way to the top and discover something about ourselves along the way.
By Eric Krantz
From: Black Hills
Jan 21, 2010
I love you Brett Larsen. I don't know who the hell you are, but I love ya. Edit- OK, I love the description... perfect
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Jun 2, 2010
"Do not attempt to find this from the uphill side because it cliffs out and you will not be able to reach the base of the routes."

You actually can reach this from the backside but it's a royal pain and requires some short climbing and/or belays. Not recommended for sure. Brent Larsen: fantastic and accurate depiction. We went up there in 2008 and were rebuffed after one pitch, and went back to finish the job in 2009. We were not disappointed. Adventure climbing at it's best.

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