The needles in south dakotas black hills is one of the best trad climbing areas in the usa with hundreds of routes up spires buttresses and cliffs the needles offers many moderate climbs and great adventures. South dakota may not be the first place that comes to mind for world class climbing but few places are blessed with the amount of varied and classic climbing present in the black hills with a strong history formed around many of the great pioneers of climbing. The needles of the black hills of south dakota are a region of eroded granite pillars towers and spires within custer state park popular with rock climbers and tourists alike the needles are accessed from the needles highway which is a part of sylvan lake road sd 87 89. The needles of south dakota one of the last strongholds of traditional face climbing in the us are located in custer state park south of the mount rushmore national monument southern portion of the black hills national forest custer state park is considered one of the largest state parks 71000 acres plus in the country. South dakota has a lot of excellent climbing but most is concentrated out west in the black hills the southern part of the hills boasts home to the needles one of the last bastions of traditional runout face climbing in the us as well as the granite sport routes near mount rushmore national memorial
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