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Horsethief Spire Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: The north side of Horsethief Spire.


Horsethief Spire stands just a quarter mile south of Horsethief Lake, and is home to a number of high-quality routes. The climbs are on either the east or west faces and will catch full sun or full shade. Time it the way you want it.

Getting There 

The best access is from the west, past roadside rock, it takes about 10 minutes. Use a gated turn-off on the north side of the road, about a quarter mile from the lake for parking. Hike down the road past RR, and head SW up the hill where the road turns north. As you crest the hill, Horsethief Spire will be on your right. As you approach south end of the spire, you will see a narrow corridor with a huge chock stone jammed in it (near the ground). This corridor takes you through to the west face climbs.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Horsethief Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Horsethief Spire:
Spanky's Delight   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 95'   Horsethief Spire West Face
Stairway to Heaven   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 95'   Horsethief Spire West Face
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Featured Route For Horsethief Spire
Rock Climbing Photo: Bella Venetta goes up the sunny face to the right ...

Bella Venetta 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Horsethief Spire East Face
This outstanding route lies just to the right of the corridor used to access the West Face area. Steep and sustained, the Rushmore Guidebook refers to this as 'one of the best 45' sport routes in the area'. It is not to be missed!...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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