Bitterroot Valley's Lost Horse Canyon has been a focal point of climbers for many years. Arguably one of the best areas in Montana, Lost Horse features quality bouldering and some of Montana’s best cracks. The rock here is granite and solid by nature. Home to climbing both big and small, Lost Horse will keep you busy and psyched! Grab a pad, grab a rope, or grab both. Whether you wrestle the pebbles or wrangle the single and multi-pitch cracks, its a win-win situation.
If you're not climbing, Lost Horse Canyon is a great recreational area offering hiking, biking, fishing, and bird watching....(NTTIAWWT). Camping is free and permitted at established sites only.
SUPPORT: The Bitterroot Climbers’ Coalition (BCC) is a non-profit organization that deals with access and environmental impact in Montana’s Southwest and Bitterroot Valley. They've worked hard on the area's issues and access, so lend a hand and show support when you can. Pack in/pack out and consider bringing WAG BAGS for waste removal when in the more remote areas.
Head south about 10 miles past Hamilton. Turn right onto Lost Horse Creek Road. Follow this road just past the Lost Horse Resort to several pull offs.
This route might be the most classic for the Tidepool Area. Starts in a wide right facing corner and then heads left to a perfect hands splitter that continues up the face and through two roofs. When the crack stops, traverse left via finger crack to ledge and anchors....[more]Browse More Classics in MT
I am new to Missoula and have only recently started to climb here and am looking for as much beta as possible. The bouldering so far is great but i would to find out about more. Like how do I get to the clearcut boulder? Where is the motherload area?
Motherload area is 100 yards or so past the Forest Service Gate (from the beta photo) on the left, near the trashed burned-out Pontiac. There is a great boulder (House Boulder) on the right side of the road, across from the Motherload area. There are also a few good boulders down the same road and to the left, one of which is Whale Rock or something. Clearcut boulder is near the John Wayne boulder, which is a little bit of a hike up the first road on the right after you cross the creek (it is kind of hard to find, as I recall). K2 Boulder is also on that same road. There used to be an *awesome* guide floating around, compiled by Ben Osburn, I think. There might be a copy you could photocopy at Missoula Rock Garden or Trailhead maybe. Rick Torre also has a decent bouldering guide that covers several areas, but not the Motherlode area. They have that at the Bitterroot Public Library.
Camping in lost horse is free, there is usually plenty and you should be able to find a cool spot, definitely good for a 10 ft trailer. It may be a little busy, but with other users besides climbers, although there will probably be a few other climbers at least. Great time to go, nice and warm, plenty to do!
Thanks ConorD! the shots in the guidebook make most of the area look relatively flat, I just was wondering if the roads down into the free camping spots are 4x4 which would cause my trailer to flip over! I think my son and I will enjoy it.