Elevation: 5,036 ft
GPS: 46.31, -114.239 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Josh Kornish on Aug 1, 2011
Admins: GRK, Zach Wahrer

Description

An excellent destination for climbing in western Montana, Mill Creek features everything from TR to multi-pitch trad. This area get some decent exposure to the sun in the winter allowing it to be climbed almost year round. This area is infamous for it's ticks so be prepared. Some new routes are being put up by a couple of professors from the University of Montana. Please see millcreekreport.blogspot.com. Downloadable guide available there.

A great destination with a lot of potential. Bring a helmet!!! I have had close calls with rock falling from the big walls. Have fun!

Getting There

From Missoula: Drive about 35 miles south on US 93. You will see Mill Creek Trail Road on your right. Drive up the road until you reach the trailhead which has a pit toilet and parking. Take the trail about a half mile up until you reach a log bridge. Cross that take a left and continue for about the same distance until you reach trail headed up the mountain to the seemingly obvious wall. Approach takes roughly 30-60 minutes. An early start is nice.

The trailhead is off of Cow Creek Road out of Pinesdale.

The Drive:

Take Highway 93 south from Missoula toward Hamilton.
Mile marker 54, look for Sheafman Creek Road on the right.
Turn west and drive 1 mile to the top of a s.hort steep hill.
Turn sharp left to stay on Sheafman Creek
Follow the road a couple of miles including a sharp right curve.
At stop sign turn left onto Main and drive into Pinesdale.
Approx. .9 miles from stop sign, brown forest service sign “Sheafman Creek Trail”
Turn right onto West Cow Creek dirt road. (GPS Coord: 46.323650, -114.218033)
Drive slowly through the neighborhood.
Park at gate (1/2 mile), or if gate open (summer), park at right hairpin (1 mile).
Approach trail begins at hairpin. (GPS Coord: 46.316267, -114.229533)

The Hike:

Follow the trail through a gate and tress for just a few hundred yards down and into a deep drainage. The trail will leads back out of the drainage and curve around to the crest of the ridgeline in about 200 yards. Look for a large cairn (sometimes missing) and clearly-traveled trail branching off sharply uphill along the ridge until it turns sharp left into Mill Creek Canyon. Follow this trail for about 3/4 of a mile to the climbs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mill Creek North Rim

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 28
No Sweat Arete
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 22
No Dick Tick
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Tick Man
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 9
Last Known Girlfriend
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 17
Birthday Tick
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 7
Sabertooth
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
McDonald's and a Dirty Movie
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
Tiger by the Tail
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 11
Witness the Tickness
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Pie for Strength
Sport 4 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 6
No Drama Obama
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Shere Khan
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Mighty Mouse
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 9
Big Science
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
Scary Math
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
No Sweat Arete No Sweat
 28
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
No Dick Tick Tick Farm
 22
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Tick Man Tick Farm
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Last Known Girlfriend First Girlfriend Butt…
 9
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Birthday Tick Tick Farm
 17
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Sabertooth Tiger Stripe
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
McDonald's and a Dirty Movie First Girlfriend Butt…
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tiger by the Tail Tiger Stripe
 4
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Witness the Tickness Tick Farm
 11
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Pie for Strength Lower Tier
 9
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 4 pitches
No Drama Obama Upper Tier
 6
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Shere Khan Tiger Stripe
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Mighty Mouse Little Heroes
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Big Science Big Science
 9
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Scary Math Big Science
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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