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Monster is the large rock mass in between Middle Marker and the South Seas area. There are various routes leading to the top. Climbing ranges anywhere from scrambling up until near the top and then climbing a short 5.6 face, or to doing a 4 pitch 5.11+ from the face nearest to the road (Valhalla).
Park at the trailhead for the Markers. From the sign-in location, the downhill side climbs are a short distance to the west. Walk on the trail that forks left from the register to the big rock. For the uphill side climbs, follow the trail uphill that heads north and splits the Monster area with the Marker area. Once around the rocks of the Monster area, take a left and scramble up slabs and work your way back in the direction of the car to the base of the climbs.
13 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Monster:
Dark Tower 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 80'
Alligators All Around 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 160'
Creature Comforts 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 80'
Side Arm 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
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Creature of Habit 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Monster
Starts out steep and requires some thoughtful movement to keep your balance and get your feet where your hands are! Crystals and knobs to a sidepull\lieback crux to the 5th bolt. Above the crux you will find the edge of the blade within reach. From there it's 5.8 if you use the edge, 5.10 if you don't. Fairly sustained climbing but there are many nice rests and clipping stances....[more] Browse More Classics in SD