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Bethlehem Rock Climbing 

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Location: 44.2832, -103.4743 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Lucas P on Aug 22, 2010
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Bethlehem is a unique black limestone area. The lack of texture on some of the faces makes for tricky face climbing.
This is a good shady crag in the morning and gets sun on the face climbs around 2 in the afternoon.
The "Divinations" cave is climbable all day and during rain.

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Getting There 

1-90 North from Rapid City just past Piedmont is Bethlehem exit.
Go Right on Bethlehem RD and stay on Bethlhem Frontage rd North until you reach the dirt road called "Bethlehem RD".
Take this road 3.95 miles to a small pull-out on the left. Park here and hike in.

Once parked walk SW into a mini waterfall area and follow a faint trail South along the creek for about 10 minutes. Cross the creek on Logs or hop across on rocks. Keep following the trail as it brings you through some snake-weed and from here you should see a couple of Boulders leading you East up the hill to the base of Gogol Bordello.
The hike in should only take about 15 min.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bethlehem

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bethlehem:
Achilles   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   
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Seventh Circle 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  SD : Bethlehem
Fun climbing through the first 5 bolts get you to a HELL of a Crux that is guaranteed to make you do awkward stuff. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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