Josh on a fun little boulder problem in the Marker...
A pretty big hunk of rock with some incredible routes. Like most of the Rushmore area, it is a bit confusing at first. After you've located a couple routes things get much easier. Some fun, popular moderates include Solo System, Star Dancer, and Weird Water.
The Marker area is one of the closest to the monument and just off 244. Coming from in from the monument, look for the 2nd? pullout on the left. If you get the correct one, the trail and signin board are right across the street.
Before you start going, look up and to the right - the beautiful summits are the Middle & Inner Markers. Follow the trail straight in and up the gully, the Middle Marker is on the right, the Inner Marker is behind it.
Weather station 0.6 miles from here
36 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Marker
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Marker:
Featured Route For Marker
Weird Water 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b South Dakota
: Mount Rushmore National Mem...
: ... : Middle Marker Area
A great, long climb. Incredible moves, incredible position. This route summits the main rock in the Marker formation. Gets my vote for the best 5.7 in Rushmore!Finding this route the first time around can be a bit of a chore... Follow directions to the route 'Star Dancer'. As you're looking at the rock, scramble up to the right, passing the first gully on the left, into a small opening / grassy area, and continue to the next gully on the left. At the top of this gully are some large blocks...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota
Gary working an old Lee Traveen problem in Marker.
BETA PHOTO: View from the road
By Mark Orsag
From: Omaha, NE
Jul 12, 2016
This crag and Monster, now are jointly called Magna Carta. Magna Carta is the stiffest crag at Rushmore. The routes here are big and very , very tough for the grade in almost all cases. Every time that I climb here , I leave with even more respect for the 80s hard men who put up these things.