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Spire Four is the highest summit in the Cathedral Spires, and probably the most popular formation in the group. The view is spectacular, the rock is fantastic, the route unique, and the climbing superb. If you climb only one of the Cathedral Spires, this is the one to do.
Hike the Cathedral Spires trail around to the backside of the spires. Hike up the Gully between Spires 3 and 4. A short stretch of 4th class or possibly low 5th class leads to a high saddle between the spires - rope up if you feel uncomfortable.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Spire Four:
Sprire Four 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c Trad, 2 pitches, 210'
West Gruesome 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 2 pitches
The Great Northwest Dihedral 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 280'
South Tower Conn Route 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 2 pitches
Hang a Right at Fourth Avenue 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 220'
two EX squared 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 360'
Featured Route For Spire Four
The Great Northwest Dihedral 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b SD : Custer State Park : ... : Spire Four
This is a variation on the normal Spire 4 route. Instead of climbing up the back to the 3/4 gully, belay off the bolts for the approach pitch. Climb around the corner on the opposite side of the gully to a sloping ledge with an old piton in a crack. Set a belay and climb the dihedral to a chimney and under the broken spire. You can either set your own belay on gear or downclimb to the anchors above the wormhole. The last pitch is the same as the traditional route....[more] Browse More Classics in SD