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The Playground Rock Climbing 


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Greetings! Photo by Laura Heisinger

Description 

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.

Getting There 

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

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',7],['5.11',2],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Playground

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Playground:
Sultan's Tower   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 280'   Playground Proper
Madam Mohawk   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 135'   Hidden Acres : Right of Passage
Remnants of a Fine Woman   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   Hidden Acres : Streaked Wall
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Featured Route For The Playground
Rock Climbing Photo: Greetings!  Photo by Laura Heisinger

Greetings from the Ground 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Streaked Wall
A fairly awesome route in the middle of The Streaked Wall. Starts on some steep, knobby slab that becomes crimpy. At this point the climbing contains an emphasis on high stepping and reaching to the next decent hold that is usually no more than a long static move away. Climb higher to a typical crystal pinching ramp to a quart-filled crack. Gain a dihedral stemming problem complete with a sporty layback sequence that ends on jugs. Snag a rest and get set up for a leaping traverse to the right on...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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