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Mystery Spires Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.85167, -103.53305 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Hirsch on Sep 14, 2015

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Harrison Teuber following the last 15' on the FA.


When viewing Picket Fence area from the SW, the Mystery Spires is the taller cluster just left. Not many routes. The Conns' 3rd classed their way to the summit on Oct. 1949. They also summited Hidden Spire, tucked away on the N side. There also lies a few multipitch routes on the tall N side.

Getting There 

Take the spires trail up past Spire One, where the trail levels and forks. Go left up the hill to a 'T'. Take a right and this will bring you below the N walls of the Mystery Spires.

Climbing Season

For the Custer State Park area.

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Mystery Spires

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mystery Spires:
The Ramshackler   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   
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Featured Route For Mystery Spires
Rock Climbing Photo: Center of N facing wall.

Veiled Virgin 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Mystery Spires
Two angling cracks in the center of the wall. First pitch is an easier classic. The second is still really good but a little awkward. 1) 5.9+ 80' Work up and left to main crack. Crux is the finger section mid-route. Belay at ledge.2) 5.11 80' Take the right leaning crack from ledge. Gear and climbing is tricky. Belay on big ledge at base of summit block.No bolts anywhere. Bring webbing and rap ring (ours must've blown away)....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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