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Hyalite Canyon  

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Hyalite Reservoir November 2010

Potential road closures in winter. MORE INFO >>>


With over 150 ice routes in less than 3 square miles, Hyalite Canyon represents the most concentrated, natural ice climbing venue in North America.

Home to all-time classics like "Cleopatra's Needle," "Black Magic," "Mummy Cooler," "Winter Dance," one of the top ten routes in the world (yes I said world), Hyalite is unique in every sense of that word.

The South Fork (Cody) might have more vertical but it's spread out and inconsistent with scrappy approaches. Keystone Canyon and Lake Willoughby certainly vie for the densest cliffs on the continent except for perhaps a few fjords in Newfoundland and Quebec once every 10 years. Ouray has way more concentrated ice than anywhere but most of it is in the ice park; the climbing equivalent of farm raised salmon (and about as overcrowded). Of course the Canadian Rockies, both the Mecca and Medina of the frozen world, has over 10 times the number of routes and all of them longer but over an area roughly the size of Maryland. North Conway has killer ice; when it's not raining. I've been to them all so cut it anyway you like, declare yourself a hero because you prefer long alpine or mixed climbs, stir in whatever hyperbole you favor and pass the single malt; Hyalite is the most concentrated, easily accessible and consistent ice climbing venue in North America. And I'm not the only widely-traveled climber to say it's our favorite too.

Getting There 

South of Bozeman, MT about 45 minutes from Downtown, depending on road conditions. Routes range from 10 minutes to 2 hours from the car.
"Winter Dance" is the definitive guidebook in full color.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.8 miles from here

63 Total Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hyalite Canyon:
The Thrill is Gone   M4     Mixed, 1 pitch, 205'   The Unnamed Wall
Genesis II   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   Genesis Area
Twin Falls Left + Right   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 200'   Twin Falls Area
Hang Over   WI3     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 50'   Genesis Area
The Matrix   WI4- M4-5     Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 130'   Mummy Area
Lower Green Sleeves   WI3-     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   Genesis Area
Mummy II   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 140'   Mummy Area
Genesis I   WI3+     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Genesis Area
The Elevator Shaft   WI4-     Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   The Unnamed Wall
The Scepter   WI4+     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   Mummy Area
Winter Dance   WI5-6 M8     Mixed, Ice, 4 pitches, 450'   Winter Dance Area
The Dribbles   WI4     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 450'   Dribbles Area
Cleopatra's Needle   WI5     Ice, 3 pitches, 250'   Twin Falls Area
5.6 Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Practice Rock
Strawberry Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Practice Rock
Blind Black Babies   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Practice Rock
Wizards Well   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Practice Rock
Theoretically   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Practice Rock
Last of the Wild Ones Variation   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Practice Rock
Tough Trip Through Paradise   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Practice Rock
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Featured Route For Hyalite Canyon
approaching the upper pitches of Avy gulch

Avalanche Gulch WI5  MT : Hyalite Canyon : Dribbles Area
The snow pitches on this route have potential to slide, be smart. Go up the gully and climb a pitch of WI3. continue up on WI2/ moderate snow for a few hundred feet untill you can see the upper pitches. a short WI4 column leads to a cave at the base of the "dangler". belay in the cave. Climb right and clip some pitons then gently gain the haning ice curtain. Continue up and build a belay somewhere sheltered from ice. Next pitch continues up over a short vertical headwall, belay from some blobs a...[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

Photos of Hyalite Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
School Project
School Project
Sunny Hyalite Goods
Sunny Hyalite Goods
Responsible Family Men in splitter conditions
Responsible Family Men in splitter conditions
Rough map of the more popular areas in Hyalite.
BETA PHOTO: Rough map of the more popular areas in Hyalite.
Morning climb on G1
Morning climb on G1
winter dance!
winter dance!
Hyalite is more than just a climbing venue.
Hyalite is more than just a climbing venue.
climbers on the dribbles
climbers on the dribbles
so many hidden gems of ice!
so many hidden gems of ice!
Hyalite Goods
BETA PHOTO: Hyalite Goods
The uber-classic G1 at night. Center flow. Climber...
The uber-classic G1 at night. Center flow. Climber...
The Scepter
The Scepter
Some friends kept a Catalina 22 anchored on Hyalit...
Some friends kept a Catalina 22 anchored on Hyalit...

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By ozman
From: CO / NM
Apr 3, 2012
If you only have a few days to climb, make sure you go to the unamed wall. Its by far the best way to get a lot of climbing in. The rest of the climbs are spread out all over the place. On second thought, go to Cody.
By danesherstad
Jan 5, 2014
I'm in Bozeman for a couple days (jan 5 to 8ish) and would love to get out in Hyalite. Anyone around and want to climb? Thanks!
By YoseMtnMan
Jan 17, 2014
I'm going to be in the area until 1/26/14. If anyone needs an ice climbing partner, let me know. I'm bringing my gear with me.
By Morrismc
From: Raleigh, N.C.
Nov 17, 2014
Question: when the road is plowed is it possible to get a two-wheel drive car up to the Reservoir? Or is 4WD/AWD required?
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