Burt Lindquist moving onto the summit block of Sto...
The summit of Stonehenge consists of two blocks leaning together forming a corridor thru the formation. An airy summit perched atop an elevated plain and is composed of excellent rock. This area can be crowded due the top rope routes nearby that are popular with climbing schools and beginners. Fortunately Stonehenge forms a fifth class summit with little or no protection on the easiest route.
Herb & Jan Conn climbed the first ascent of this pinnacle in 1960 via a wide spread and an airy traverse but didn't remember any other details.
To reach Stonehenge park at Sylvan Lake. Hike along the trail on the west side of the lake. After hiking about five minutes make a left on an old road. Walk thru the roadcut and down to the house. Take a right turn on the trail just before the house and take another right fork in the trail which will lead around the south side of Paydirt Pinnacle.
Follow the trail into the first gully between Inner Outlet and Practice Rock. Stonehenge is on the right side of the gully about 100 feet from the entrance. Stonehenge can be identified by locating a north facing pyramid shaped rock. There is a slightly leftward trending water groove below the stacked summit blocks. Outlet Boulder is just beyond this point.
Climbing Season For the Outlets area.
Weather station 6.0 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Stonehenge
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stonehenge:
Featured Route For Stonehenge
The Phoenix 5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a
PG13 South Dakota
: Custer State Park
: ... : Stonehenge
Piana once called this line more beautiful than the Salathe Headwall! It certainly has caught many climbers' attention. Kevin Bein top roped the line in '87 calling it 'So You Wanna Layback?'. Since then few others have attempted on TR and it was more commonly called 'The Phoenix'.Begin on a hollow, right-facing flake. As the flake dies out, transition right up thin face to a large jug rail at the base of overhang. Clip bolt and run it out through the first hard section before the seam allows ge...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota