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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.
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Featured Route For Monster
Creature Comforts 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Monster
A fun route with a variety of movement that includes typical crystal pulling, some steep bulges, and nice 5.10 friction climbing. The route is fairly sustained, but has many nice rests and clipping stances. I've seen 4 people on it and they all did it differently! ...[more] Browse More Classics in SD