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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.

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

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Braxtron   ...
Go to Rocky Mountain Outfitters in Kalispell for climbing info. Jul 27, 2007
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SaraB   whitefish mt
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)! Dec 18, 2007
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??? Feb 7, 2008
Kurt Johnson
Estes Park, CO
Kurt Johnson   Estes Park, CO
Braxton, not a bad description of Montana's weather, but where's the description of Stone Hill? Apr 5, 2008
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Description updated. May 8, 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. Jun 17, 2008
Dan Bachen
Helena, MT
Dan Bachen   Helena, MT
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. Mar 8, 2010
ross.mon   Montana
anyone know of free camping in the area? Jul 12, 2010
Chris Nadasi
Kalispell, MT
Chris Nadasi   Kalispell, MT
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. Jul 17, 2010
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 Jul 10, 2011
Ratings at Stone actually go up to 5.13. The Stone Hill area tends to be a little dryer than other parts of NW Montana, but it can still get very cold and windy. I ended up doing some rock and ice climbing here on the same day in January. It was in the low 50s!
I would also disagree with the "long approach" comments. There are tons of routes right on the side of the road, and the climbs that are furthest up or down the hill shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to get to. Mar 10, 2015