Elevation: 5,005 ft
GPS: 45.618, -110.567 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Nick Stayner on Sep 7, 2012
Admins: grk10vq, Zach Wahrer

Description

This beautiful valley of the Yellowstone River provides climbers with a selection of diverse and enjoyable climbing experiences, from clipping bolts at Allenspur to big, hard, granite free climbs on Mount Cowen.

Sandwiched between the Gallatin Range on the west and the Absaroka/Beartooth Range on the east, the season here is as diverse as the climbing. Generally, temps in the valley are a bit milder than the Gallatin Valley, allowing for a slightly longer traditional rock season and even occasional winter days at the low crags of Allenspur. Mill Creek is located further up in the Absaroka/Beartooth mountains and has a more traditional summer season (late May through October). The alpine rock routes of Mount Cowen are subject to the intricacies of mountain weather and snowpack, with July and August beimg best.

Pay camping can be found throughout the valley, with good free options up Mill Creek past the climbing area.

Besides the awesome climbing and backcountry ski opportunities, two of my favorite things about Paradise Valley are soaking in Chico Hot Springs (a few miles south of Mill Creek) and eating at Mark's In and Out in Livingston, both easily combined with a climbing excursion.

Getting There

I-90 provides the general access point to Paradise Valley from the north, east, and west. Exit at any of the Livingston exits and head south on Highway 89. Refer to specific areas for directions from here.
From the south, it's possible (and recommended if time is available) to enter the valley from the south via Yellowstone National Park. The diversity of scenery is unmatched.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Paradise Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI3+
 13
Green Gully
Ice
V7 7A+
 11
Gigarete
Boulder
V7 7A+
 5
Skywalker
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 28
Climbing Club Route
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 30
Righteous are the Brave
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
Ladyfingers
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 41
Yellowstone Poseidon Adventures
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 39
Sully's Route
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 38
French Connection
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 38
Dam the Rain
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 85
Flake Fest
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 16
Thunderbolt and Lightfeet
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 23
Montana Centennial Route
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 44
Rancho Deluxe
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 5
Smoking Monk
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Green Gully Pine Creek
 13
WI3+ Ice
Gigarete Yankee Jim > … > Gigarete Area > Gigarete Boulder
 11
V7 7A+ Boulder
Skywalker Yankee Jim > Jedi Boulders
 5
V7 7A+ Boulder
Climbing Club Route Allenspur > Main Crag
 28
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Righteous are the Brave Mill Creek > Ladyfingers Buttress
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Ladyfingers Mill Creek > Ladyfingers Buttress
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Yellowstone Poseidon Advent… Allenspur > 7-11 Crag
 41
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Sully's Route Allenspur > Main Crag
 39
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
French Connection Allenspur > 7-11 Crag
 38
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Dam the Rain Allenspur > 7-11 Crag
 38
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Flake Fest Allenspur > 7-11 Crag
 85
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Thunderbolt and Lightfeet Mill Creek > Thunderbolt Buttress
 16
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Montana Centennial Route Cowen Massif
 23
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Rancho Deluxe Allenspur > 7-11 Crag
 44
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Smoking Monk Mill Creek > Warm-Up Wall
 5
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
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