A big state with lots of climbing.
Look on the map; it is near Idaho and Wyoming.
803 Total Routes
['4 Stars',104],['3 Stars',295],['2 Stars',236],['1 Star',106],['Bomb',17]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Montana:
Featured Route For Montana
WI5-6 M8 MT
: Hyalite Canyon
: Winter Dance Area
The namesake route for the guidebook. Most obvious route in Hyalite and the only one visible from Bozeman. It only comes "in" a few times a decade. This is the description from when I climbed it, clearly the grade changes from day to day and year to year.Pitch 1: (5.9 WI3+ 110') Head up the ice blobs for about 70' then traverse left to the anchor.Pitch 2: (M8 or A0 110') Follow the bolts (12-13) through two overhangs to the belay (bolts) located left of the lowest icicle.Pitch 3: (5.7 WI5-6+ 1...[more] Browse More Classics in MT
Latest Regional Forum Messages
|By Matt Nelson|
From: Divide, CO
Apr 5, 2007
Any one out there know of any climbing near the Great Falls area?
|By Ryan Bibler|
Apr 12, 2007
There is no climbing in Montana. Go away.
|By Ladd Raine|
From: Plymouth, NH
May 25, 2007
Why is it that folks are so sercretive about climbing in Montana, are there access issues, or do people just want it to stay low-key and uncrowded?
|By Jon Runge|
Jun 20, 2007
The latter. You can live in Montana for years and still not know all the climbing areas. But look at it this way--a lack of knowledge about a route maximizes your sense of adventure. A first ascent is only a state of mind. That said, plenty of MT guidebooks exist for those who want to maximize their route count.
Jul 5, 2008
The climbing scene may be under the radar, but you just have to make friends with a couple of climbers (by supplying them with copious amounts of beer and meat, preferably Elk) and you'll easily get all the info you need.
Jul 18, 2008
Mount climbings can make more fitness for people,but in Montana it will nice to see people with mountain projects. Emma
All your base are belong to us?
|By Charlie Perry|
Aug 29, 2008
It is really strange how Montanans want to keep areas a secret. I lived in Bozeman for ten years and climb about everywhere in the guide books and other areas not in guide books. Compared to other destination areas in the USA I do not see the big deal. I have never found one specfic area in Montana that I would consider a "Destination Climbing area" such as Red Rocks, City of Rocks, the Sierras or the Rockies. Just a smattering of crags here and there with lots of road between them. There is climbing south of great falls in White Sulfur Springs. A hand full of routes on the Stone Temples. Hard to find, hard to get too unless you know the area or Ron Brunkhorst. However I would take Jons advice. Get a guide book and go if you are so inclined. However I live in Fort Collins and I would take Lumpy Ridge Climbing over anything in Montana. Super solid Granite, hundreds of routes, up to six pitches, beautiful abundant long splitters and very few people unless you are doing a hand full of classics. People do not seem to like climbing without bolts nor bolt stations that much. Or go do a wall in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park. Some areas you would be lucky to find another party.
|By Frank Hessler|
From: Winona, MN
Jan 15, 2010
I know of a good place to climb just outside YNP called Mill Creek, there is descent climbing there with plenty of routes, I'm just a novice but my friends really enjoyed climbing there
|By Josh Beasley|
Jun 5, 2010
Is there much bouldering near bozeman. Or any good spots in the state?
|By Erik the Awful|
Jun 7, 2010
There's not much bouldering near Bozeman, but there's a lot starting about an hour from town. Yankee Jim Canyon has a bunch of stuff and there's a free guide that Bozeman locals Jeff Ho and Jeff Webber put together available online on my site: boulderingmontana.com The other large area is the massive boulder batholith between Whitehall and Butte. There's basically unlimited bouldering in the batholith, with Whiskey Gulch being the largest and oldest established area. Check out my site and Bouldering the Backwaters for more info, vids, photos, etc. Spire Climbing Center has a beta book as well that has info on some of the random boulders that are close to town.
Sep 19, 2010
Potential visitors to MT should be aware of the strict do-not-publish ethic that has prevailed here since the beginning of technical rock climbing. Internet info and to a lesser extent published guidebooks tend to be a poor representation of what's here. So make friends, buy beer, and explore!
|By T. Gittins|
Sep 20, 2010
Um, all of the new routes I was a part of this year in montana WERE published, on this website, so this "no publish" ethic is not that strict. Both of the new SW Montana guides have published alpine zones in them. Its not a secret, its not crowded, and it is a big deal.
Dec 26, 2010
Choss piles, that's all you find in Montana. Move along.
|By Nick Stayner|
From: The Magic City
Dec 27, 2010
WS, I can't tell if you're tongue is in your cheek or not. The idea that Montanans all still adhere to the "do not publish" ethic you speak of is antiquated and not at all a good representation of most Montanans. Look at this year's AAJ for instance.
|By Dan Bachen|
Mar 31, 2011
Anyone have any beta on the long stuff up the trail in Kootenai Creek?
Apr 19, 2011
i might have some info on the stuff up kootenai, depends on how far up you are talking about. which side of the creek?
|By Dan Bachen|
Apr 22, 2011
Was curious about the walls on the north side. There's a tower-like formation I hiked past beyond sick bay with bolts, kinda looked like an easter island statue. Also was interested in the big cliffs about a mile up (Chief Charlo?).
May 6, 2011
Dan, I've heard about that stuff, but don't have any beta on it. Can't find anything so far, but i do know that there are some multipitch lines that go on that bigger wall, supposed to be fairly moderate.
|By Frank Sosa|
May 27, 2011
any decent sport cimbing near Great Falls?
Im going by myself for a 60 hour/week job, and would like to rope solo on my one day off per week. Or meet up with potential partners?
There must be a few gems in the area, if there are and you don't want to post it here you can email me at WhipperTherapy@hotmail.com. (as in climbing whippers, thanks) I am a respectful climber who does not have a blog, and I have no interest in blowing your spots out.
Thanks from seattle,
|By Peter Arndt|
Jul 4, 2011
ROCK ROUTES in the LITTLE BELTS?
Will be cruisin the King's Hwy in a couple weeks. Would appreciate Beta on specific areas and moderate routes (craggin)in the Little Belts. Guidbook? Thanx in advance.
Nov 7, 2011
there has to be great climbing in montana... i lived in choteau for a year - where i was introduced to climbing - and there is an awesome crag around there.. lewis and clark national forest is also around there and the god damn rockies cruise straight through there.... I think montana is largely untapped - im thinking of spending a few weeks up there next summer and gonna try to find some more bouldering. It seems like the majority of montana climbers are very old school and mainly trad climbers - so the potential of coming across some gems and getting FA's sounds logical... I love boulder hunting. Will keep everyone posted...
|By Ryan M|
Jan 22, 2012
Any good climbing near Missoula? I'm not asking for directions to your "secret spot" just a general feel about potential and established areas... Trad, sport, pebble wrestling, whatever. Please let me know!
|By Ryan Day Thompson|
From: Denver, CO
Sep 3, 2012
The climbing sucks here.
Go to Boulder.
|By Greg Corn|
Feb 26, 2013
I climbed/cleaned a few dozen problems up in Blackleaf Canyon back in 2008, nothing online yet, so i guess I respect the no-publishing ethic?!
I find that kinda silly, so you want to keep everything to yourself, but feel cool with using guidebooks for red Rocks, California and gulp, Canada? Selfish?
One day I will put my Blackleaf info online and if you wanna say it's all been climbed you can explain the pre-climbed-choss-intact photos I have.
Love Montana and its climbing!!
|By Dana Prosser|
Aug 8, 2013
What is the closest free camping to Bozeman?