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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 All Locations area.

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',6],['5.11',1],['5.12',3],['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: route follows the black streak

Forbidden Colors 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  South Dakota : Horsethief Lake Area : ... : Right of Passage
Once the cover of Climbing Magazine, this thing is the best hard sport route in all of Rushmore, or the Hills?? Beautiful tall arete with sharp water streak. Sustained 5.12+ crimper moves the whole way to a redpoint crux at the top. Given the short and flat hike this classic deserves more attention!...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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