Elevation: 5,314 ft
GPS: 46.469, -114.201 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Michael Lee Moore on Jun 6, 2017
Admins: GRK, Zach Wahrer

Description

Big Creek is an out of the way crag with some stellar routes. There's not much history available about the development here, but the rock is bomber, with cracks, thin crimping and some slab. Grades range from a sandbagged 5.8 to 5.12. The area is higher than most Bitterroot cragging spots and is often breezy. It has mostly south and west-facing aspects

Getting There

Out of Missoula, take highway 93 south past Stevensville. You'll be looking for a right turn on St. Mary's Peak Road, which comes up after you've crossed over McCalla Creek. Take St. Mary's for 2.1 miles, then turn right. There's a Forest Service hiking sign on this road, but currently no other marking. Drive about 3/4 of a mile to a fork, and go left. This is FS road #1319 and used to be marked as McCalla Creek/Ridge road. Take this for just over four miles, bearing left. The traditional approach comes right before you switchback right (again) and have your second view up the Big Creek canyon. Look left for a faint trail that heads slightly uphill and walk 5-10 minutes. You'll then encounter a steep, loose trail down to the crags. A second approach starts a couple of turns below, where the road turns sharply right and there's a pullout area often used as a shooting range. A small dirt track starts uphill from this area and you should head west into the woods just as the dirt tracks starts to climb. This approach is easier, with less scree scrambling.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Big Creek/McCalla Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 3
Crack Town
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Meat Stick
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Fun-Town
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Kablamskies!
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crack Town
 3
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Meat Stick
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Fun-Town
 3
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Kablamskies!
 3
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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