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Middle Earth can be a very confusing area to visit. It is climbed in much less often than the Outlets, so expect solitude on most routes. Many routes require the better part of a rope length, requiring two ropes to rappel. Some good climbs are Hrum Hroom and Three Rings for the Elven Kings (very popular though).
Follow the signs from Hill City to Sylvan Lake (same as the Outlets). Hike around the lake heading north from the car. Walk through the Outlets until reaching the field north of Outer Outlet. From here, walk up the hill on the trail using switchbacks. At this hill crest is where Middle Earth begins. A left up another hill brings one to Hrum Hroom and Quickbeam. Most routes are located by heading down the hill from this crest and heading up gullies between rock formations.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Middle Earth:
The Outer Shadow aka Morannon 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120' TOWERS OF TEETH : EPHEL DUATH
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Ghostwriter 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c SD : Custer State Park : ... : Near Downs
Well protected cruxes down low then increasing runouts. Quite technical with hard to find holds. Possible to share the last bolt of the route to the right. This line was first envisioned by Shaffer, who put in the first two bolts....[more] Browse More Classics in SD