The Playground Rock Climbing
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A vast area that extends from highway 244 to about two miles into the wilderness, south of Horsetheif Lake. Mainly follows Trail #14, from the lake trailhead, through a valley that can get relatively swampy in certain spots during the spring/summer. Generally a flat approach. Considered a 'backcountry' area, you'll probably see hikers before you see another climber. Still quite undeveloped, lots of potential, hand-drill only.
Main parking is the Horsetheif Lake trailhead south of the lake. Or right off Hwy 244 in front of gate (for Hidden Acres). 0-60 min approaches.
Climbing Season For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.
Weather station 1.6 miles from here
18 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Playground
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Playground:
Featured Route For The Playground
Sultan's Tower 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
PG13 South Dakota
: The Needles Of Rushmore
: ... : Playground Proper
The route starts on the W side of the formation. You'll have to chimney up a wide corridor for about 25 ft to find the start of the route (see "close up" pic). The first pitch consists of flaring cracks and ends in a large chimney. 60ft. The second pitch is maze-like. From the chimney, down climb a few feet and take a sharp turn right. Here you'll enter a giant hallway that you walk/scramble through for roughly 80ft. The finally pitch will now be to your right. It's a tight ramp that uses crack ...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota