Palmer Gulch Rock Climbing
There are some pretty good adventurous type routes up the nelson creek/palmer gulch area. They need to see some more traffic so they can be cleaned up a bit.
- All INFO TAKEN FROM BUSSE/BURR 'THE NEEDLES OF RUSHMORE' GUIDEBOOK
Comprised of Harney Peak and the ridge to the N of the massif, Nelson Creek Ridge. Palmer Gulch is home to countless Conn routes, a few new routes, and the Harney Peak ice flow in the winter. All routes are in the Black Elk Wilderness and require a bit of hiking to access.
Directions: From the Entrance of the memorial, continue NW on H-24 for 6.4 miles to Palmer Creek road. Head S on PC road for .9 miles to the PC trailhead.
Approach: (1.3 miles) from the trailhead, head S on the trail across the creek to intersect the lost cabin trail #2, take a left. Head E along the trail down to the nelson creek drainage to intersect a closed trail. Take a right and follow the drainage S up the closed trail for a while and eventually intersect the granite ridge (GPS N43.874200*W103.543767*). The first formation is Bow Spirit to the NE.
- For Harney Peak Massif - Cross the creek shortly after passing the granite ridge and head S again up the drainage. Follow a very faint trail while bush whacking, but you should be able to keep the large granite massif in view.
Climbing Season For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.
Weather station 1.3 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Palmer Gulch
Three Yak Crack 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c South Dakota
: The Needles Of Rushmore
: Palmer Gulch
This is a stunning splitter that I eyed a couple of years ago when we did a route right next door. It starts out with a 100ft of easy climbing with a short 5.7 crux. You can set up a belay on a nice ledge before the second pitch crux. The second starts out with a easy slab to a tricky dihedral that leads to a really cool roof with a interesting tongue of rock at the lip. You then get into the meat of a really steep hand crack that is a-typical needles crack climbing where you really need ja...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Jun 28, 2013
From a technical standpoint, you can't add sub-areas to an area that has routes already listed in it.
You or an administrator would need to move that route out to a temporary area, add the sub-areas you want to add, then move the route back in to the sub-area where it belongs.
Whether you *should* add the areas I suppose is a different question best answered by a local. I did recently see someone was taking photos of photos from the new Busse guidebook and posting them on here as beta photos. That's probably not cool...
By Mike Housiaux
From: Rapid City
Jun 28, 2013
What are you trying to add? I know a trick or two.