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Elevation: 3,795 ft
GPS: 46.53702, -114.15656
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Warning Access Issue: Only public access on USFS land. No deeded easement for public access via Kootenai Creek trailhead. DetailsDrop down

Description Suggest change

  • The climbing north of the main trail is now private. The forest service boundary marks the end of the private land. The climbing on the south side of the Canyon is on public land.
  • Please pack out both human and pet waste, along with any trash you produce or find
  • Be respectful, polite, and helpful, especially to new climbers and those not familiar with the area.

Granite sport and trad climbing. This was the closest crag to Missoula. Access across Kootenai Creek, once on Forest Service land, is only possible during low water flows. Otherwise, the creek crossing is difficult and dangerous - especially not suitable for children. The accessible crags on the south side of the canyon are shady in the summer, requiring upwards of 30 minutes on the approach. 

Getting There Suggest change

Take Highway 93 south out of Missoula for about 25 miles. Just before entering Stevensville, take a right on Kootenai Creek Road. Follow this for a few miles to the trailhead parking lot. The main Kootenai Creek #53 Trail is located on the north side of the canyon. The only crags on USFS land that are accessible to the public are on the south side of the canyon.

Walk 0.5 miles on the Kootenai Creek Trail. You will pass a sign indicating you have entered Forest Service land and are no longer on private property. At this point, you may cross the creek to the other side and backtrack until you reach the crag. 

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