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
70 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Kootenai Canyon
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kootenai Canyon:
Featured Route For Kootenai Canyon
The Cowboy Ejector Seat 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b MT
: Kootenai Canyon
: First Buttress
The Cowboy Ejector Seat climbs through the intimidating and giant overhang on the first buttress. The climb breaks down into two sections as follows: The first section is very fun and juggy climbing which overhangs about 40 feet and goes to fixed draws hanging just below the lip. If you can climb this section it clocks in at around 11b/c and is worth doing by itself. The second section is the short but difficult crux. Clip the last bolt and get a good rest on some positive holds, and th...[more] Browse More Classics in MT