Mulkey Gulch is located on private property and must be accessed by a dirt two-track through private property. Please be respectful and only use the road in good conditions to prevent tearing it up and having access to this climbing closed. Also, as always use leave no trace ethics when at the climbing area!
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
Mulkey Gulch is located 45 miles east of Missoula on private property. This secluded canyon is split into two shady drainages, Wet Mulkey and Dry Mulkey. There are over thirty routes found here, most of which are bolted with fixed rappel anchors at their ends. However, some gear may be needed to limit the runout factor. As with many limestone areas, the climbing is primarily thin, delicate, balancy routes but overall the rock is solid. The climbing season runs primarily from March to November depending on the weather but is best in early summer and late fall.
Although camping is permitted at Mulkey Gulch it is on private land and no facilities or water are available. Camping can also be found at Bearmouth RV Park on the frontage road near Exit 138. This RV Park has RV and tent camping and a camping cabin all on the banks of the Clark Fork River. The bathrooms have hot showers, tent sites have water nearby, RV sites have water & electric hookups, there are picnic tables and fire rings, prices are reasonable. A small store and reopening the motel rooms is planned for 2012.
There is also camping about 18 miles away at Beavertail Hill State Park just off of I-90 at Exit 130. If you want to extend your stay in the area, drive the Pintler Scenic Route beginning in Drummond and check out Philipsburg and Georgetown Lake. Visit Garnet Ghost Town, about 15 miles from the RV Park. Ride your bike on the frontage road from Bearmouth RV Park to Drummond (32 miles round trip) or make it a 100 mile round trip ride up to Helmville and the Nevada Reservoir. There is great fishing on the Clark Fork River. The closest beer, food, and gas can be found to the east in Drummond, MT, but as Drummond is a small ranching community options are limited. Missoula, which lies 45 miles to the west has a much wider variety of options.
From the east: Take interstate 90 to Drummond, MT. Get off at Exit 158 and follow State Hwy 12 west approximately 8 miles to the turn off.
From the west: From Missoula take I-90 east 35 miles to exit 138. Turn left and go north under the interstate. Turn right/east onto the frontage road and follow it for about 10 miles.
Turn north/right at the small sign. Follow the dirt road and stay left at the Wet Mulkey/Dry Mulkey junction. At 3.4 miles you can see Mulkey Tower, this is where the climbing begins.
Two-pitch climb, second in from the north end of Mulkey Tower. The first pitch is 80' and is bolted. The second pitch is 70' with difficult climbing at the beginning. Follow the crack up to the empty face (the crux), from there the climbing eases up to where you can reach the ledge. A double rope rappel to the ground or two single rope rappels from each set of anchor chains....[more]Browse More Classics in MT