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The Yellowstone River flows down the northern end ...


This beautiful valley of the Yellowstone River provides climbers with a selection of diverse and enjoyable climbing experiences, from clipping bolts at Allenspur to big, hard, granite free climbs on Mount Cowen.

Sandwiched between the Gallatin Range on the west and the Absaroka/Beartooth Range on the east, the season here is as diverse as the climbing. Generally, temps in the valley are a bit milder than the Gallatin Valley, allowing for a slightly longer traditional rock season and even occasional winter days at the low crags of Allenspur. Mill Creek is located further up in the Absaroka/Beartooth mountains and has a more traditional summer season (late May through October). The alpine rock routes of Mount Cowen are subject to the intricacies of mountain weather and snowpack, with July and August beimg best.

Pay camping can be found throughout the valley, with good free options up Mill Creek past the climbing area.

Besides the awesome climbing and backcountry ski opportunities, two of my favorite things about Paradise Valley are soaking in Chico Hot Springs (a few miles south of Mill Creek) and eating at Mark's In and Out in Livingston, both easily combined with a climbing excursion.

Getting There 

I-90 provides the general access point to Paradise Valley from the north, east, and west. Exit at any of the Livingston exits and head south on Highway 89. Refer to specific areas for directions from here.
From the south, it's possible (and recommended if time is available) to enter the valley from the south via Yellowstone National Park. The diversity of scenery is unmatched.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

74 Total Routes

['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Paradise Valley:
Climbing Club Route   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Allenspur : Main Crag
Righteous are the Brave   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 50'   Mill Creek : Ladyfingers Buttress
Blood and Bolts   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Allenspur : Main Crag
Ladyfingers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Mill Creek : Ladyfingers Buttress
Yellowstone Poseidon Adventures   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Josh Was Grounded   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 70'   Allenspur : Boundry Crag
Dam in the Rain   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
French Connection   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 75'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Cutthroats Don't Wear Plaid   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Mill Creek : Ladyfingers Buttress
Lead Between the Lines   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 45'   Allenspur : Boundry Crag
Sully's Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 90'   Allenspur : Main Crag
Commie Bastards   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Spur Corner   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Flake Fest   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Manly Fingertips   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Mill Creek : Ladyfingers Buttress
The Amazing Chuck and Grace   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   Allenspur : Boundry Crag
Thunderbolt and Lightfeet   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Mill Creek : Thunderbolt Buttress
Montana Centennial Route   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1600'   Cowen Cirque
Rancho Deluxe   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Can't Kill Yourself   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   Allenspur : Boundry Crag
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Featured Route For Paradise Valley
Middle child syndrome

Middle child syndrome V3 6A  MT : Paradise Valley : Mile 13 Boulders
Sit start directly in the middle. Head straight up. Top out either to the left or right. The right finish is better. Awesome problem!...[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

Photos of Paradise Valley Slideshow Add Photo
Sunset on the road to the Mill Creek crags.
Sunset on the road to the Mill Creek crags.
Paradise Valley
Paradise Valley
Bear attack!
Bear attack!
Emigrant Peak, as seen from the Allenspur approach...
Emigrant Peak, as seen from the Allenspur approach...
Sunset near Mill Creek crags.
Sunset near Mill Creek crags.

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