Elevation: 11,206 ft
GPS: 45.618, -110.567 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ian Cavanaugh on Sep 6, 2010
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Description

Cowen Cirque includes Mt Cowen (11,206) along with many other satellite peaks in the area including, Eenie, Minnie, Miney, Moe, Fire Spire (Black Spire), and The Thunder Dome. This is a popular area as it is the highest peak in the Absaroka Range. The rock in the area is granite/gneiss and is of very high quality. Many of the routes are long and exposed, so make sure you have a bail plan if an evening thunder storm rolls in.

Getting There

Head south on highway 89 for Livingston. Take a left at Pray exit, crossing the Yellowstone river and East River Road. You are now are Mill Creek Road, which will turn to gravel after a few miles. Take a left at East Mill Creek Road and park at the Elbow Lake Trailhead. From here you will hike on a not so easy trail up 3,500 feet of elevation to Elbow Lake. The trail to the lake is 9 miles, so plan accordingly. 4-5 hours is usually required.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cowen Cirque

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Northeast Arete
Trad, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
Montana Centennial Route
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Northeast Arete
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine
Montana Centennial Route
 15
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
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