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Kootenai Canyon

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Kootenai Canyon 


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Elevation: 3,500'
Location: 46.5379, -114.1508 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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.


Getting There 

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.


61 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Kootenai Canyon:
The Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   First Buttress
Classic Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Identity Wall
Outermost Limits   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Outermost Limits
Pleasant Surprise   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Second Buttress
Arms Race   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Identity Wall
Sleeping Beauty    5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Outermost Limits
11th Commandment    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   First Buttress
Elmo   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Outermost Limits
Razorback   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   First Buttress
Lichen to Fly   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Outermost Limits
Flying Time   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Second Buttress
Weiner Pigs   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Identity Wall
Town Pump   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   First Buttress
The Tempest   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   First Buttress
Botulism   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   First Buttress
Dude ranch   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Identity Wall
Dude   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Trad, 50'   Identity Wall
A Rockwork Orange   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   First Buttress
Venus De Milo   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Second Buttress
Club Foot   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sick Bay
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Featured Route For Kootenai Canyon
A clear view of Pleasant Surprise from below.

Pleasant Surprise 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  MT : Kootenai Canyon : Second Buttress
The most popular climb on the Second Buttress, and a good one to start or end the day, or take some friends up. Starts up a face to a small stance, then up a straight in crack to pull two roofs. Look out for the pleasant surprises!...[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

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