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District One 0 / 0 / 0 / 23 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 23
District Three (The Drainage) 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 11
District Two (The Meadow) 0 / 0 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 26
Outer Limits Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Elevation: 8,720 ft
GPS: 45.264, -111.165 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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A beautiful bouldering area located in the Gallatin Range near Big Sky. The boulders in this area tend to be well featured gneiss blocks that are just a pleasure to climb on.

The Portal Creek road has seasonal closures so Hidden Lakes is open from mid-June to 12/01. Find more information on the National Forest Service website.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

From Bozeman, head south on 191 toward Big Sky. Turn left onto Portal Creek Road and take this dirt road roughly 8 miles to the Hidden Lakes Trailhead (a popular trail).

To approach the main areas: Follow the trail through a series of steep switchbacks for about a mile. The trail will flatten out for a while. About another mile down trail there will be a fork. Take the left trail at this fork. Follow this trail slightly uphill until you gain a ridge line in the trees. Continue until you see a big gully heading down to the right with boulders at the bottom of it. This is District 1.

Note: The approach to the D1 boulders is quite easy and should take about 45 minutes to an hour depending on fitness.

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Such a high quality area. The rock, style, and the setting are wonderful. A must visit for any Montana boulderer. Oct 19, 2017

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