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The Land Of The Way Too High Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Down Hill from Turtle Dome can be found a huge boulder which is the main gem in the area. With a few solid problems scattered threw out as well.

Getting There 

From Keystone, drive towards Mt. Rushmore on highway 16a. Take a left on 16a when the road junctions with 244. Measure from here, and drive 3.1 miles and park. This spot is where a non-major paved road intersects with the main highway on its right. This intersection is about 1/4 mile after driving through the second tunnel. There is no official parking, so just squeeze on the shoulder.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Working the small sharp crystals

Grizzly Northface Right V7+ 7A+  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : The Grizzly Boulder
Start with a sidepull with your right and a small hold with your left. Pull on with your right foot and throw a left foot by your right. Slowly reach up and through to the first small sharp crystal helps to hit it slightly up and left. Move your right hand to the other small sharp shitty crimp next to your left. Get your left foot high onto the starting hold and throw up with your left to the good slopey sidepull looking hold. Adjust and get your right hand up to the next small sharp crimp. Get ...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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By Brent Kertzman
From: Black Hills, SD
Feb 15, 2012
Are these the "Way too High Boulders"? If so there are bolts on top of some of them for Pumpfests of the past. About a 15 minute walk down there.
By Brent Kertzman
From: Black Hills, SD
Feb 18, 2012
The best approach I have found to reach the actual "Way too High Boulders" is to walk south from where you park following a faint trail down the valley that curves to the south west around the south side of "Turtle Dome". Eventually you end up headed about straight west in a flat area southwest of "Turtle Dome". Just before a ridge of rocks wander north into the woods and there are five large boulders (up to 30' tall) hidden in the trees. Several of these boulders have bolts for top roping.

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