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Blacktail Butte Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,400'
Location: 43.6617, -110.698 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Andy Laakmann on Jun 7, 2006
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Visiting the Tetons but want something with no commitment? Try a day of sport climbing at Blacktail Butte. The limestone climbing is technical, polished, and generally hard... but the view is world class! The routes are mostly 5.11s and 5.12s, with a handful of 5.10s. There are about 20 routes to keep you busy between the three walls - lower, middle, and upper.

Getting There 

Park in a developed turnout just a little North of the Moose junction (a few miles north of the airport). Follow the stairs up to Lower Blacktail Butte, or the trail heading south to Upper Blacktail.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.0 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Blacktail Butte

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Blacktail Butte:
Power Trip   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Blacktail Butte
Red Chili   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, Alpine, 80'   Upper Blacktail Butte
Rock Candy Nugget   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Blacktail Butte
Leftovers   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Blacktail Butte
Inconceivable   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Blacktail Butte
Crackin' the Cherry   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper Blacktail Butte
Wild at Heart   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper Blacktail Butte
Graceland   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, Alpine, 50'   Upper Blacktail Butte
Do the Right Thing   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Blacktail Butte
Blitzkrieg   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   Upper Blacktail Butte
The Arch   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 85'   Lower Blacktail Butte
Waterstreak   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, Alpine, 70'   Lower Blacktail Butte
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Featured Route For Blacktail Butte
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason Sloan near one of the cruxes.

Blacktail Boulder Traverse 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C  WY : Grand Teton National Park : ... : Lower Blacktail Butte
This tricky traverse boasts perhaps the shortest approach in Jackson. A huge array of big, polished holds promote a number of sequences at the many cruxes. Everybody seems to have their own way to go. A fun way to get a deep pump. Character is way different than the less-steep edges of Lower Blacktail....[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

Photos of Blacktail Butte Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Good climbing. Great views.
Good climbing. Great views.
Rock Climbing Photo: Does not look like much from the parking lot but i...
BETA PHOTO: Does not look like much from the parking lot but i...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing "Time Flies When Your Alive".
Climbing "Time Flies When Your Alive".
Rock Climbing Photo: this sign is in the parking lot
BETA PHOTO: this sign is in the parking lot

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By Prametheus
From: Jackson, WY
Nov 11, 2013
By Jacob A
Aug 17, 2015

This crag does not look like much when you drive by but for people visiting the park that do not do trad or do not want to commit to climbing the tetons it makes a great day or half day activity. The climbing is ok with a lot of small slick holds but the views can not be beat. Try to get here in the morning as the sun bakes it by mid day. I live on the east cost but went here for a day when on vacation and had a great time.

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