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Mill Creek  

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Elevation: 6,200'
Location: 45.2704, -110.4946 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ty Morrison-Heath on Jul 7, 2012
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Located near Livingston, Mill Creek is host to many single pitch trad and sport lines on roadside granite in a beautiful alpine valley. Approaches are short (Some are less than 10 seconds from the car) and the climbing is fun and safe feeling. In 2007 Mill Creek burned rather disastrously leading to a neat new life feeling in the valley. Due to its location in the mountains it can experience some mountain weather and be considerably different from what Bozeman is experiencing weather wise so bring a jacket.

Getting There 

Getting there is relatively easy:

Driving from Bozeman or Livingston - Drive down 89 heading towards Gardiner for ~17 miles and then take a left on Mill Creek Road. Head down Mill Creek Road for 14.3 miles continuing straight until the obvious large granite formations appear on the left side of the road. It should be noted that Mile Markers in this neck of the woods are unreliable for telling distance as they change each time the land crosses different land ownership parcels. It is approximately .25 miles after the Passage Falls Trailhead. See attached map for extra directions if needed.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.5 miles from here

19 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mill Creek:
Righteous are the Brave   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 50'   Ladyfingers Buttress
Ladyfingers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Ladyfingers Buttress
Cutthroats Don't Wear Plaid   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ladyfingers Buttress
Manly Fingertips   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ladyfingers Buttress
Thunderbolt and Lightfeet   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Thunderbolt Buttress
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Thunderbolt and Lightfeet 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  MT : Paradise Valley : ... : Thunderbolt Buttress
An absolute blast of a route that heads through the splitter crack on the upper headwall. Sustained once out on the face. An absolute must if you can climb the grade....[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

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By Mitchell Martishius
Sep 25, 2012
There is a climbing guide for Paradise Valley written by Kevin Hutchinson that has a crapload of climbs from Mill Creek to the Allenspur to Yankee Jim Canyon. You should get the names and ratings, etc, from that book. It is the original guide.
By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
May 26, 2013
Have any way of getting it?
By mojede
Sep 12, 2013
Timber Trails in Livingston always has the guide available. They will exclusively be handling the retail end for it. May be also found in small shops in MT gathering dust ;-)

PM me here through my e-mail Ty, and I can hook you up for your efforts--thanks for the cool Mill Creek section :-)
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