Elevation: -11,456 ft
GPS: 45.418, -111.231 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Sarge on May 15, 2007 with improvements by Matt Wenger
Admins: grk10vq, Zach Wahrer

Description

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.

Getting There

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Watchtower - Lower

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 38
Watchtower Standard Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 23
Mothers Day
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 15
The Joker
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
The Canary
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 4
Shelob's Lair
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Watchtower Standard Route
 38
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Mothers Day
 23
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
The Joker
 15
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad 3 pitches
The Canary
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Shelob's Lair
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
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