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BETA PHOTO: Northwest face of Hornsby's Rock.


This rock blends in with a mass of rocks that are slightly separated from the rest of the Outlets. They are across the Sunday Gulch trail to the west. Two 5.9 bolted routes are on the northwest side of the rock.

Getting There 

Take the trail around Sylvan Lake towards the Outlets. Instead of going through the tunnel, get on the old dirt road (paved in spots). Walk up a short ways until you reach a small building. Normally, you would get on the trail to the right here to go to the Outlets. To find Hornsby's continue left on the main road for a while. Pass under some power lines, then take off right in an overgrown grassy meadow. Hike uphill, passing rock formations that are to your right. Look for a wicked looking overhanging boulder (Mood Swings Boulder), then take a right. Hornsby's is a lesser formation with two closely spaced bolted routes right near here. It is just to the left of a formation that has visible bolt anchors that are on a detached block.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Hornsby's Rock

The Way It Is 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Hornsby's Rock
On the northwest side of Hornsby's, The Way It Is is the right route of the two bolted lines. Climb through the bolts which are often closely spaced (two are a couple of feet apart). Fixed anchors and a one rope rappel to get off....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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