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Iron Horse Wall Rock Climbing 

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One of the premiere walls at Blue Sky. The main section houses 4 classic climbs and is flanked by several enjoyable warm-ups. The climbing is typically on small pockets up slightly overhanging, perfect stone.

Getting There 

Once at the main trail, walk left for about 2 minutes. You'll pass Turkey Vulture (12c, big bulging black buttress) on your right. The Iron Horse wall is the next obvious shield of stone, with nice open views of the canyon.

Climbing Season

For the Blue Sky area.

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Iron Horse Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Iron Horse Wall:
Engine No. 9   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Iron Horse   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
Monorail   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   
Big Train   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Riding the Iron Horse

Iron Horse 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  SD : Spearfish Canyon : ... : Iron Horse Wall
This route has shut down many 5.12 climbers. Start on the left side of the main wall and climb up decent pockets to the first bolt. Things get tricky from there. A notoriously difficult crux follows with a strenuous gaston section followed by big reaches to some small crimpers. The climbing stays continous and technical up to the bulge. At the base of the big, black bulge head up and right through the steep section, clipping a couple bolts before joining the finish of the Monorail. Fun, long and...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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By Miah
Jan 2, 2007
My favorite of the Blue Sky walls. The routes here blend technique and power and expose any weakness in either department. The beautiful views and stellar climbing are a combination hard to find, let alone match, anywhere.

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