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Description

This area has most of the easier climbs in Rattler, and is a popular area. It can get busy on warm days and weekends. There is a variety of grades and quality here, most of the really good routes are in the lower grades.

Getting There

From the main parking area, hike straight up the scree slope heading towards the left side of the obvious large triangular face. pass this and the climbs will be on your right side heading uphill.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sidewinder Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Snake Eye
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 20
Don't Put Your Hand In It
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 19
Orange Peel
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Snake Eye
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Don't Put Your Hand In It
 20
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Orange Peel
 19
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
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Bryan Gartland
Helena, MT
Bryan Gartland   Helena, MT
The direct talus slope approach to this crag is heinous. A safer, easier and more sustainable option is to angle up to Sidewinder on climber trails from down-canyon, passing near the Rock in Between and Shredder Wall. You won't entirely avoid all the loose stuff but it will help with a serious erosion issue above the main parking.

On June 26, 2016 my girlfriend and I found a recent pile of human you-know-what right at the base of Snake Eye and Don't Put Your Hand In It. Super gnarly and obviously not cool. We did our best to clean things up but the staging area reeks right now. For a lighter take on a shitty topic:

The Wright Stuff Jun 27, 2016
Found a belay device here this weekend. If you lost one, leave some contact info (and a description of what you're missing) and I'll be in touch. May 15, 2017