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Stone Hill  


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Location: 48.79306, -115.29986 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Braxtron on Apr 6, 2007
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Description 

Summer (n): In Montana, the time of year when the temperature regularly breaks 25*. This is usually between July 5-9, but may extend out to Labor Day, if it's a good year. Since the Treasure State lies so close to the frozen tundra of Canadia, snow is always in the forecast.

Unfortunately, Stone Hill is about the only place with solid rock in Northwest Montana. You can thank Mother Nature for the freeze-thaw cycle; it's not too easy on MT rock. Fortunately, there are enough routes here to keep you busy and entertained for weeks. I believe ratings range from 5.6 to 5.12 (please correct me if I'm wrong) sport & trad. The setting here is picturesque, as the Highway of Love winds around lake Koocanusa (Kootenai + Canada + USA), which means the lakeview, along with plenty of tree covered mountains, isn't anything to complain about. The approaches may deter some people though. Most hikes from car to crag are unbearably long. Bring plenty of beer, err I mean water, to keep yourself hydrated.

Getting There 

15 miles SW of Eureka, MT on Highway 37, along the Koocanusa Reservoir. Strange name, but pretty logical if you know your geography.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.2 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',5],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['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 Stone Hill:
Cripple Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 75'   Holds Up Bluff North
Room with a view   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 65'   Room with a View
Fear and Smear   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 30'   Holds Up Bluff North
Room with a View (2)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 65'   Room with a View
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Featured Route For Stone Hill
Cripple Crack

Cripple Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  MT : Stone Hill : Holds Up Bluff North
A classic beginners route, either on lead or toprope, and is just plain fun. Because of this it's usually crowded, but worth the wait. Head up the crack using mostly face holds to the chain anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

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By Braxtron
From: ...
Jul 27, 2007
Go to Rocky Mountain Outfitters in Kalispell for climbing info.
By SaraB
From: whitefish mt
Dec 18, 2007
I'm working on posting routes for this area and Kila Crags. Feel free to message me if you are wondering about the climbing in this area... Believe it or not - There is climbing in Montana! I'm just excited to it finally made it as a destination (it was under *In Progress for so long)!
By gregybn
Feb 7, 2008
We used to climb at StoneHills just about any month of the year.
Even in Sept/Oct... the warm S & W exposure gave many nice routes when the weather permitted.
I remember even climbing (very infrequently) in late Jan./early Feb - obviously the skiing must have been the shits, for me to search out the very few (warm?)climbs that were possible.
But hey... there are also a few nice ice-seeps that form up then for those who want some ice and mixed climbs
By March... (again, on days when I needed a break from skiing) many climbs started to get in shape... and the wood ticks were waking up... and they were very hungry for returning climbers.
By mid-summer... it was time to start climbing early and late in the day... with long mid-day breaks swimming in the lake and drinking cold beers.
Hey... somebody's gotta do it???
By Kurt Johnson
From: Estes Park, CO
Apr 5, 2008
Braxton, not a bad description of Montana's weather, but where's the description of Stone Hill?
By Braxtron
From: ...
May 8, 2008
Description updated.
By JWarneke
Jun 17, 2008
For most people going to Stone Hill the first time. There is enough climbing to be had right on the road. The long approach applies only if you climb there a lot, or there is a climb that has peeked your interest.
By Dan Bachen
Mar 8, 2010
Went to the area last summer, was suprised how much rock was out there (must be at least a couple hundred in the guidebook). The best part was that in the morning the east side of the lake was in shade, when it got hot there we went swimming and then in the afternoon the routes on the west side were in the shadows.
By ross.mon
From: Montana
Jul 12, 2010
anyone know of free camping in the area?
By Chris and Aly
From: Kalispell, Montana
Jul 17, 2010
can pretty much camp anywhere around Koocanusa. There is a semi-developed site south of the bridge and main crags a few miles, right along the lakeshore. there is also camp 32 north of the bridge a few miles.
By Erik Hatlestad
Jul 10, 2011
For sport climbs, some of the best routes were right off of the road, 3 miles south of the Koocanusa bridge. The guide book can be purchased via phone or at the Rocky Mountain outfitters. The guys there were helpful. Enjoy the climbing. The blast holes make for some interesting holds on the sport climbs
By Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady
Jan 30, 2013