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Location: 44.15533, -103.46852 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jun 21, 2002
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The Rock Maze is a small area, but is filled with many fun, moderate boulder problems. Many good and interesting ones are in the V5 and under range. Most rocks are around 10 feet high or under on Sandstone, with a few traverses and higher problems. And if your tips get too shredded, then you can have fun exploring the mazes. They are really narrow, and tall enough to play hide and seek.

Make sure to check out Muscle Corner (V5), Southern Discomfort (V2), and Slot Machine (V1).

Getting There 

From Rapid City, follow Nemo Road NW out of town. After about 14 miles from the edge of town (intersection with Berry Pines Road), Steamboat Rock recreation area is seen on the right. Either park here, or there is a small blocked off dirt road on the other side of the road to park at. You can also get here by taking highway 44 out of Rapid City, then cutting over to Nemo Road from Norris Peak Road.

Hike south up this road, then shortly after take a left on a faint road. Follow this road as it parallels the rocks that are just to the left. Take a left at the hill crest and walk for a minute or so to the main area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

50 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rock Maze

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rock Maze:
Carrier Face   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Carrier Boulder
Milligram   V0 4     Boulder, 10'   Eastern Area
Slot Machine   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   South Central (Main Area) : Slot Machine Boulder
Arete of Sunshine   V2- 5+     Boulder, 13'   South Central (Main Area) : Sunshine Boulder
Southern Discomfort   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   South Central (Main Area) : Southern Discomfort Boulder
East-Side Poseurs   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Golden Wall
Double Dyno   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Double Dyno Boulder
Breaking Point aka Single Carot   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   South Central (Main Area) : Breaking Point Boulder aka ...
Tiger Lilly Face   V3 6A     Boulder   South Central (Main Area) : The TIger Lily Boulder
Blue Chips   V3-4 6A+     Boulder   Double Dyno Boulder
Plugged Nickel   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   South Central (Main Area) : Plugged Nickel Boulder
Erica's Arete   V6+ 7A     Boulder, 10'   South Central (Main Area) : Ericas Arete
Little Monster   V7+ 7A+ X     TR, Boulder, 30'   South Central (Main Area) : South Central Rocks
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Featured Route For Rock Maze
Rock Climbing Photo: Peter Gram in the underclings on Muscle Corner.

Muscle Corner V5 6C  South Dakota : Rapid City Area : ... : Muscle Corner
Find this problem by heading east slightly from the main South Central area. This is a long roof traverse (about 20 feet or so) that is very low to the ground. If you fall, you just land in the dirt a foot below. This problem can be done from left to right, but is better right to left. Start at a jug and throw your feet to the right on a giant shelf. From here, monkey your way left until the final hold at the end of the boulder. Fun and necessary heel hooking, and a cool bicep power move a...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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Rock Climbing Photo: cool boulder problem, dont know what its called
cool boulder problem, dont know what its called
Rock Climbing Photo: Anyone know any names/ratings  for the problems on...
BETA PHOTO: Anyone know any names/ratings for the problems on...
Rock Climbing Photo: No idea what this was, sometime in 2004, I think. ...
No idea what this was, sometime in 2004, I think. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: I think this is the top of Southern Discomfort, Ap...
I think this is the top of Southern Discomfort, Ap...
Rock Climbing Photo: KD on one of the many problems we stumbled upon.  ...
KD on one of the many problems we stumbled upon. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: No idea which problem this is or where it is.  Gre...
No idea which problem this is or where it is. Gre...

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By Dan Dewell
May 20, 2003
Part of the problem with the Rock Maze is that there isn't anything to consult for information on the area. We do not have a guidebook or anything else, except for the website, and what information I have been able to get my hands on has been inconsistent and incomplete at best.

I'm heading out to the Rock Maze this afternoon to take pictures of EVERY single problem I know of (or until my camera can't hold anymore data), and then it won't be so hard to figure out what problem we are all talking about. I've spent the last four years out there searching and doing stuff that I had never done before with a variety of individuals, stuff that nobody has told me otherwise about--until now.

I have put stuff up on the site to start keeping record for the area, because it is a spectacular area, in my opinion. It would be nice to have some kind of source (this website) to consult and add to over time, and that has been my intentions from the beginning--not to claim FAs or anything as trivial. I couldn't give a shit. I just want a resource to let us know what is around and what skill/strength level is required.

I've also been trying to clean the area up, because whoever visits the area seems to LOVE Taco Bell and Amoco (there's trash everywhere). And I realize that other people besides boulderers go to the Rock Maze. We just need to watch this activity and clean up when we can, right? I take almost an entire garbage bag out with me every other time I go out there. AND, somebody has been destroying vegetation--obviously climbers (I'll add a picture for effect tonight).


PS. Baldy, Iron Moutain, and any other area I am aware of will be combed with a camera in the next month, too. So, when we're done with the Rock Maze, then we'll hash out the others.

By Cameron Luth
Oct 26, 2006
This place rocks. The problems are pretty easy to find, the majority you just have to walk around the outside and you can see most of them. If you come here tho i would recommend to bring a brush for some of the holds.
By Taylor Biggin
May 11, 2009
Yea this place is really cool. People have parties up there and the place is pretty trashed. I've gone climbing up there once and we go paintballing all the time up there.
Jun 6, 2009
YOU KNOW I JUST STARTED CLIMBING AND THIS PLACE IS GREAT FOR LEARNING the basics on moving on the rock. It is a gorgeous place to relax and have fun climbing and hiking. THERE IS ONE PROBLEM: people please respect the area and clean up your trash. Please, this is truly a remarkable area to enjoy, but "pack out what you pack in." I will post pictures on here soon for a more updated view of the "MAZE" AS WELL AS a few of me solving some of the problems in the maze. I love this gorgeous area.......
By Andrew Gram
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 7, 2010
I just visited the Maze again over Thanksgiving, and I was horrified by all of the graffiti. It would be nice to see a clean up, and locals should organize some ass kicking squads to take care of whoever is trashing the place.
By DakotaToni
From: Rapid City
Mar 27, 2017
The Black Hills Climbers' Coalition will be cleaning up the area and removing graffiti from the Rock Maze during the annual Adopt-a-Crag event. Please join us at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

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