Sasha Cherry clambering towards the summit of Spir...
Spire Two is the second spire from the left when looking at the Cathedral Spires from the parking lot. This is a large spire, and it requires around 3 pitches to get to the top. This rock and Spire Four are probably the two most commonly climbed spires in the whole area. An excellent 5.6 route (mostly 5.3) climbs the east side.
Descend by rappelling from the summit following the East Face route. Two ropes are necessary except for the third pitch needs only one.
Follow trail #4 from the Cathedral Spires parking lot towards the spires. When the trail branches, the best way is to take the right branch and find the Spire Two-Three gully. Head up this gully (with Rubaiyat Spire at the bottom) and Spire Two is at the the top of the gully on the left. The most commonly climbed route on it is the East Face, and this is easily identified by a trampled area at the base of the route.
Another good way to get to this spot is to stay straight on the main trail and go around to the uphill side of the area. This rock is very near Station 13, which is at the top of the Spire Two-Three gully.
Weather station 5.1 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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East Face 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
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East Face 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b South Dakota
: Custer State Park
: ... : Spire Two
This route mostly follows the original Conn route done in 1949. Only the 3rd pitch splits off of the first ascent line. The climb is all 5.3 or under except one 5.6 move at the beginning of the 3rd pitch. Look for a heavily trampled area in the grass on the east side of the spire.Pitch 1: Climb up the water drainage through sometimes very large crystals. One of the coolest parts of this climb is a near vertical section in a large quartz band. The pitch ends at an obvious set of fixed anchors...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota
AJ and Travis on top of the separate summits of Sp...
Aaron, Jay, and I at the summit of Spire 2, with 3...
BETA PHOTO: Spire Two as seen from the beginning of the Intern...
By david Schneider
Jun 20, 2003
I did this route around 1998 and it was my first trad lead (not counting the trad class I took and years of setting top rope anchors).There is a good stance for almost all gear placement, and there is some 4th class climbing. The only exposed part is the last pitch which is slabby. I don't remember if there is a bolt on the 3rd pitch slab, but I'm thinking there had to be or I would have been freaked out(I would have remembered that). Nice view from the top. It's a very enjoyable climb.
By Robert Prann
From: Rapid City, SD
Nov 1, 2012
Found a helmet at the base of the rappel for Spire Two on September 28th. Forgot to post until now. Sorry. If it's yours hit me up and we can get it back to you.