Picket Fence Rock Climbing
Photo of the Picket Fence and the Mystery Spires f...
The Picket Fence is a small interesting area to the northwest of the Cathedral Spires. This area is seldom visited, and remains mostly undeveloped. Twenty or more unique spires await climbing without the crowds of the Cathedral Spires. However, because of the lack of previous ascents, much of the rock is covered in moss and lichen, and one must be careful of possible loose rock still on the climbs.
Before heading out to the Picket Fence for the first time, get a great view and orient yourself from the base of Station 13 in the Cathedral Spires. Bring a standard rack for most of the climbs, few routes are bolted.
Park at the trailhead for the Cathedral Spires, a few miles past the Needles Eye. Follow the trail #4 towards the Cathedral Spires, and when the small climber's trail heads right at the base, make sure to stay left. Continue up a big hill that works its way behind the Cathedral Spires. The trail then bends to the right. Follow this up a gradual hill until a large flat spot with no vegetation is encountered. This should be right before the trail heads downhill steeply.
This is the base of the Picket Fence. Directions from here are different depending on the destination rock.
Climbing Season For the Custer State Park area.
Weather station 4.9 miles from here
13 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Picket Fence
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The Ramshackler 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b South Dakota
: Custer State Park
: ... : Mystery Spires
Wow, this thing packs a punch! Starts off fairly easy with bomber gear and huge crystals. Then comes the cruxy transition between cracks, followed by some awkward, angling flares, and finishes you off with 25' of OW.1) 5.5 60' Start on far left side of wall on top of boulders. Angle up and right on easy terrain to belay ledge below orange roof. Natural anchor.2 5.10+ 130' Traverse right from ledge to gain second crack system. Crack will...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota
Mystery Spires and Picket Fence
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BETA PHOTO: Map of Picket Fence and Cathedral Spires
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Picket Fence and Station 13 from Spire 1.
Picket Fence from Spire 2 or 3
BETA PHOTO: Picket Fence as seen from Spire Four