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The Ovens  


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Elevation: 6,275'
Location: 45.1566, -109.3085 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Dominion Rognstad on Jul 17, 2011
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Description 

The Palisades are a tilted section of limestone formations that strike along the mountains outside of Red Lodge, MT. Noticeable from a distance, these cliffs provide a good close-to-town warmup before heading off to greater adventures and epics in the backcountry.

There are 4-5 nicely placed sport routes evenly distributed across the cliffs close to Ski Run Road. Routes range from 5.5 - 5.7+ across dolomite and limestone spires and sawteeth.

Pretty soft rock but well bolted, stick to grayer stone for more stability (grayness is associated with dolomite).

Get local beta on whether any are down for servicing at the Beartooth Ranger Station or Beartooth Mountain Guides .

Getting There 

From downtown Red Lodge take Route 212 south to Ski Run Road (road sign says West Fork Road) or follow the signs towards Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort. Drive ~3 miles southwest to where Ski Run Road and West Fork Road fork.

Stay with Ski run road and park on the left shoulder or back at the overlook just down the road.

Approach is less than 15 mins and within sight of the vehicles.

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Climbing Season



Weather station 3.6 miles from here

1 Total Routes

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['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Unknown 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  MT : The Ovens
Found on the second to the left sawtooth at the Palisades. This is the left-side route with bolts....[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

Photos of The Ovens Slideshow Add Photo
A view of The Palisades from the road.
BETA PHOTO: A view of The Palisades from the road.
I found five bolted routes at the palisades. This photo is of the far right portion of the crag. I think I drew the lines roughly in place of these routes.
BETA PHOTO: I found five bolted routes at the palisades. This ...
My memory of this route is vague. I can not actually see the bolts in the picture. The line may deviate from the actual route
BETA PHOTO: My memory of this route is vague. I can not actual...

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By Dominion Rognstad
From: Houston. From Boone, NC
Jul 17, 2011
I climbed 2 routes here last summer but would welcome anyone's input into route names, maintenance or first ascents.
By nathanmhall
May 14, 2013
Judging by the amount of rope we had left, these routes are closer to the 70-75 ft range. The anchors at the top are regular bolt hangers. Since it is an easy walk off, you may set up a top rope from these anchors.
By Matt Lemke
From: Red Lodge, MT
Aug 24, 2013
I put a good page on SummitPost for this place.

The Ovens

The Mountain Project page above has many errors. This place is called "The Ovens" and is a 3 minute walk from the road. There are 5 sport routes here and a couple are in the 5.9 range. See my page linked above for more information!
By andrewmerrill
Jul 27, 2014
Going to be in red lodge next weekend (8/2-8/3). Looking for someone to climb "the ramp" with at east rosebud lake.