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Horsethief Spire East Face

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Horsethief Spire East Face Rock Climbing 

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As you crest the hill (approaching from Roadside Rock) and head toward Horsethief Spire, you will be looking at the east face. Early sun or late shade, take your pick.

Some of the early routes were on this face, including the first route to the top, pioneered by the Conns.

Getting There 

Park a little ways up the road, hike back down past Roadside Rock, and at the bend in the road, head left up the hill. Takes about 10 minutes.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

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