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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'
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South Tower Conn Route 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a SD : Custer State Park : ... : Spire Four
Enter 3-4 gully, scramble up until you get to the last corridor on the right before the classic Spire 4 chimney. Scramble to end of corridor, u-turn, scramble up some more along the ledge. We set a belay here. Directly across the corridor you will see a piton where the climbing starts. Then up and left to a small ledge and back (right) into the crack. Follow crack (small gear), past an old 1/4" rusty, and a nice new black hanger to a large horn. We set a belay at the horn. From there it is a sho...[more] Browse More Classics in SD