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Portal Peak Rock Climbing 

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Portal Peak is a great spire across the trail from a massive group of rocks known as the Torch. The West face is blocky and holds a Conn route and the East face is steep and split by a beautiful finger crack.

Getting There 

Hike from the Spires parking lot to Grizzly Bear Creek. Portal Peak is on the left side of the trail, opposite the Torch.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: East side of Portal Peak with Torch in the backgro...

Stargate 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Portal Peak
This is the striking finger crack on the East face.P1: (5.10-, 80’) Start in dirty cracks on East face. Climb up and left on good gear to a small roof. Hand traverse under the roof for a wild exit into the finger crack. Follow the finger crack past a tree to a nice belay ledge. This pitch is covered in moss and lichen but is surprisingly fun!P2: (5.8, 80’) Climb the clean finger crack as it slowly widens to hands. If this pitch was anywhere near a road, it would be an all-time classic!Descent:...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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