Old Baldy Mountain Area

United States | The Black Hills of South Dakota | The Needles of Rushmore


This area is located within the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial boundaries and borders the adjacent climber areas: South Seas and Magna Carta. Its epicenter is Old Baldy Mountain itself. It sits high on the ridge with its prominent SW face visible from Hwy-244. Directions: From the entrance of Mt. Rushmore National Park, continue NW on Hwy-244 for 1.5 miles to the NPS boundary sign and parking lot on the NE side of the road. Note: This is also the same parking lot for the South Seas climbing area. Additional parking is available at the Wrinkled Rock Campground 550 feet further NW on Hwy-244. (30-40 min/ 1.3 miles) From the trailhead, head S on the trail across the creek to intersect the Lost Cabin Trail #2 and take a left. Head E along the trail down to the Nelson Creek drainage for approx 650’ to intersect the closed trail (GPS N 43.884458°W-103.548377°). Follow the drainage S up the closed trail to just past the wilderness boundary to intersect the granite ridge (GPS N43.874200°W-103.543767°). To the NE of the trail, the first formation is Bow Sprit. To the SW of the trail, the first formation is Bosun.

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  • Robinson Rocks (Sanitarium)
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  • Robinson Rocks (Boondoggle Wall)
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  • Cell One Tower
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  • Wayward Rocks Area
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  • Wayward Boulder
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  • Half Dome
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  • Old Baldy
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