Elevation: 6,500 ft
GPS: 45.391, -111.239 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kevin Macartney on Sep 23, 2012
Admins: GRK, Zach Wahrer

Description

Cascade Creek is a bouldering area about half way to Lava Lake. Several large gneiss boulders lie in a talus field on the south side of the canyon ~ 40 min to 1 hour from the trail-head (hiking time depends on physical fitness and if you know where you are going). There are about 60 established problems as of fall 2012, with room for many more. This area is an alpine zone featuring lots of moss and lichen covering the trees, the ground, and is also home to many pikas. Please try not to disturb this delicate zone more than is necessary.

Getting There

From Bozeman drive south on highway 191 towards Big Sky. At the 35 MPH bridge turn right onto the dirt road just before the bridge. Park at one of the three parking areas next to the trail-head/bathroom. Please do not block the turn around or gate at the end of the road even if the parking is full, park on the west side of the road in a few pull outs or in the pull out across the bridge.

Hike up the Lava Lake trail, keep an eye out for the first wooden bridge that goes over a stream. From there the trail down to the boulders is 10 mins further at a look out over the talus field. There may or may not be a small cairn marking this turn off, which is located ~1.5 miles from the trail-head. From the turn off walk down scree field to a fallen tree crossing the creek, which leads directly to the Lava Pit. Most of the boulders lie upcanyon from the Lava Pit but there are a few boulders downcanyon of this junction.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cascade Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 4
Cream
Boulder, Alpine
V2 5+
 5
Hungry Eyes
Boulder, Alpine
V3 6A
 7
Lava Lunge
Boulder, Alpine
V3 6A
 9
Tick Tick Boom
Boulder, Alpine
V3 6A
 4
Peaches
Boulder, Alpine
V4 6B
 5
Leviathan
Boulder, Alpine
V5 6C
 5
Peaches and Cream
Boulder, Alpine
V5 6C
 8
Seizure of Strength
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
 11
Lava Lunge SDS
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
 3
Carpenter's Traverse
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
 8
Fear Factor
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
 3
Intergalactic Jellyfish
Boulder, Alpine
V6+ 7A
 6
Hymenoptera (AKA the Gargoyle)
Boulder, Alpine
V6-7 7A+
 6
Quail Hunting With Dick Cheney
Boulder, Alpine
V7 7A+
 3
If You Don’t Like It Blow It Out…
Boulder, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cream SOS Area > Peaches Boulder
 4
V1 5 Boulder, Alpine
Hungry Eyes Explosive Area > Creekside Boulder
 5
V2 5+ Boulder, Alpine
Lava Lunge Lava Pit
 7
V3 6A Boulder, Alpine
Tick Tick Boom Explosive Area > Explosive Boulder
 9
V3 6A Boulder, Alpine
Peaches SOS Area > Peaches Boulder
 4
V3 6A Boulder, Alpine
Leviathan Leviathan Boulder
 5
V4 6B Boulder, Alpine
Peaches and Cream SOS Area > Peaches Boulder
 5
V5 6C Boulder, Alpine
Seizure of Strength SOS Area > SOS Boulder
 8
V5 6C Boulder, Alpine
Lava Lunge SDS Lava Pit
 11
V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
Carpenter's Traverse Carpenter Boulder
 3
V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
Fear Factor Explosive Area > Fear Factor
 8
V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
Intergalactic Jellyfish Primo Boulder
 3
V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
Hymenoptera (AKA the Gargoyle) Gargoyle Boulder
 6
V6+ 7A Boulder, Alpine
Quail Hunting With Dick Cheney Explosive Area > Explosive Boulder
 6
V6-7 7A+ Boulder, Alpine
If You Don’t Like It Blow I… Rail Boulder
 3
V7 7A+ Boulder, Alpine
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