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Paradise Valley Rock Climbing 

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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

82 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',34],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Paradise Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Paradise Valley:
Climbing Club Route   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Allenspur : Main Crag
Blood and Bolts   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 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
Ladyfingers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Mill Creek : Ladyfingers Buttress
Quick Tease   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 65'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Josh Was Grounded   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 70'   Allenspur : Boundry Crag
Yellowstone Poseidon Adventures   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Sully's Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 90'   Allenspur : Main 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
Boat Belay   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   Allenspur : Boundry Crag
Flake Fest   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Spur Corner   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
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
92 in the Shade   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   Mill Creek : Roadside Fins
Rancho Deluxe   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Out of the Whole   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Allenspur : Obscurity Crag
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Featured Route For Paradise Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: This is Kyle Christenson approaching the base of t...

Montana Centennial Route 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  MT : Paradise Valley : Cowen Cirque
This is a must do route for anyone looking for a great alpine experience up some of the best rock in the state. Looking directly across Elbow Lake at Eenie, this route takes the longest line up the face. Upon reaching the base of the wall, there will be a cairn marking the start of the route. Pitch 1 starts off a corner system to a ledge, where it turns slightly right and follows a moderate crack (5.7) for 150' to a large grassy ledge. This pitch can feel more diffic...[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

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Rock Climbing Photo: Emigrant Peak, as seen from the Allenspur approach...
Emigrant Peak, as seen from the Allenspur approach...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset on the road to the Mill Creek crags.
Sunset on the road to the Mill Creek crags.
Rock Climbing Photo: Paradise Valley
Paradise Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Bear attack!
Bear attack!
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset near Mill Creek crags.
Sunset near Mill Creek crags.

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