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Kootenai Canyon

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Kootenai Canyon  


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Elevation: 3,500'
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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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.1 miles from here

62 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',3],['5.8',4],['5.9',5],['5.10',11],['5.11',20],['5.12',15],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

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+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   First Buttress
Classic Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Identity Wall
Outermost Limits   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Outermost Limits
Pleasant Surprise   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Second Buttress
Sleeping Beauty    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Outermost Limits
Arms Race   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Identity Wall
11th Commandment    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   First Buttress
Elmo   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Outermost Limits
Razorback   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   First Buttress
Flying Time   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Second Buttress
Lichen to Fly   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Outermost Limits
Weiner Pigs   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Identity Wall
The Tempest   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   First Buttress
Botulism   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   First Buttress
Dude ranch   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Identity Wall
Dude   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 50'   Identity Wall
A Rockwork Orange   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   First Buttress
Venus De Milo   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Second Buttress
Club Foot   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sick Bay
The Cowboy Ejector Seat   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   First Buttress
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Featured Route For Kootenai Canyon
Attempting the crux

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

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