Kootenai Canyon Rock Climbing
The late Galen Rowell at Kootenai Canyon.
Granite sport and trad climbing, mostly single pitch but some multipitch too. Routes range from 5.6 to 5.13, and everything from crack climbing to steep roofs.This is the closest crag to Missoula and has very short approaches, nothing over 15 mins. The south side of the canyon is shady in the summer, the north side can get very hot. Something climbable in most seasons.
Take highway 93 south out of Missoula for about 25. Just before entering Stevensville take a right on Kootenai creek road. Follow this for a few miles to the trailhead parking lot. The main trail is located on the north side of the canyon. Most crags are on the north side, except outermost limits and booty buttress. Find the trails heading up from the main trail to get to the climbs.
Weather station 3.1 miles from here
71 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Kootenai Canyon
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Featured Route For Kootenai Canyon
Flying Time 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b MT
: Kootenai Canyon
: Second Buttress
This route starts up an awkward slab to a large ledge. Shake out here and then start into the roof on a mix of jugs, slopers, and crimps. Good beta will make the crux seem much easier than without it, but thats half the fun. Cut your feet at the top for some amazing flying time!...[more] Browse More Classics in MT
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