Half Dome, which looks more like a quarter dome, is located 100 yards to the SE of Baldy and stands 80ft tall. There are about 7 lines, all going to the summit if you choose. Some crystal pulling, some routes have more clean finer grain granite, there is also some wind sculptured holds and a couple trad lines. Usually pretty quiet back here. Between these routes and the ones on Baldy there is enough for a full day. Well worth the 20 min approach.
Same approach as Old Baldy. Once your able to see Baldy straight in front of you follow the trail to the right passing a few boulder problems. The trail will trend to the left uphill and you'll see Half Dome on top of the hill. 20 min hike.
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SW Summit Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
This Is Ridiculous 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Watching the Wild Things 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c R Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Ipecac Neat 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Guns Are Drawn 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 70'
Big, Black, and Hard 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 70'
Clayton Bigsby 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
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Clayton Bigsby 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Half Dome
Amazing powerful route that goes up the steep wall to the right of 'Watching The Wild Things' and surprisingly has great holds. The crux flows really well on holds all facing to the right and you have to climb to the left. For shorter folk, there is one stopper or impossible move involving a large span into a gaston. The large horn at the fifth bolt ends the powerful climbing, then head to the right for a technical redpoint crux on the slab. Highly recommended!...[more] Browse More Classics in SD