The Watchtower - First Tier
This is one of the larger formations in the Gallatin Canyon
. The rock quality is ok, mixed with some excellent rock. It's Montana so crowds are relative.
The main formation is split by a massive chimney dubbed the "Elevator Shaft." To the right of the shaft is the popular climb The Joker
and the to left of the shaft is the popular climb Mother's Day
This formation is a 2-tiered formation located north of Pineapple Buttress
. This formation is the furthest north formation in the canyon. In general, it is possible to walk off either side of this formation but expect keen route finding skills for this choice.
To get there walk the Riverside Trail north from the parking lot. Hike like you are going to Pineapple buttress then veer left (north). You will then see and acquire the lower part of the Watchtower.
Weather station 4.3 miles from here
5 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Watchtower - First Tier:
Mothers Day 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 180'
The Joker 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Featured Route For The Watchtower - First Tier
Watchtower Standard Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c MT
: Gallatin Canyon
: The Watchtower - First Tier
Between Dog Buttress and The Joker you'll find a solid flat spot to belay this route (all these routes are right of Mother's Day). The first pitch doesn't look like much, and in fact is dirty and the solid pro opportunities are limited. Eyeball this first pitch closely to see if you're comfortable leading with minimal pro (probably goes at 5.6 depending on how creative you are with routefinding).If you do, you'll be rewarded with the excellent final two pitches:P2 has the crux - a thoughtful s...[more] Browse More Classics in MT
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