Elevation: 5,881 ft
GPS: 45.418, -111.231 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Matt Wenger on Feb 19, 2018
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Description

This area is the east side of the Gallatin River of what is generally referred to as “The Canyon”. The bulk to the beautiful gneiss rock formations are found here. Area classics such as Skyline, Spare Rib, Diesel Driver, Pineapple Thunderpussy, and The Waltz are all found in this area.

If you want the highest concentration of great climbs, get an early start and make the ~40 minute hike up to Skyline and Sparerib areas. You won't be disappointed!

Getting There

Driving south on Hwy 191 from Four Corners, park just after the “35 mph” bridge, which is about 9.5 miles south of the canyon entrance and just across the river from the Lava Lake trailhead (13 miles from Big Sky stoplight). Cross under the bridge heading north and back up onto the two track, and cut up and right into the woods when the two track ends. Continue along the river for a little under a half mile, and back up into the woods. You will come to an obvious fork in the trail. Left takes you to the Waltz, Pineapple, and Watchtower buttresses. Right takes you towards Blackline, Skyline and Sparerib buttresses.

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Classic Climbing Routes at East Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 141
Skyline Arete
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 173
Sparerib
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 72
The Waltz
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 54
Watchtower Standard Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 43
Fire Escape
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 60
Pineapple Thunderpussy
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 63
Diesel Driver
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 45
Ashes of Stone
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 32
Alto Ray
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 33
Silver Foxes
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 66
Black Line
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 17
Lacy Panties
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 22
Too Hot to Tango
Trad, TR
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 11
Stigmata
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 28
The Fugitive
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Skyline Arete Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 141
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Sparerib Sparerib Area
 173
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
The Waltz Waltz Formation
 72
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Watchtower Standard Route Watchtower - Lower
 54
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Fire Escape Fish Face
 43
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Pineapple Thunderpussy Pineapple Buttress
 60
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Diesel Driver Black Line Buttress
 63
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Ashes of Stone Ashes of Stone Buttress
 45
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Alto Ray Black Line Buttress
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Silver Foxes Watchtower - Upper
 33
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Black Line Black Line Buttress
 66
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Lacy Panties Black Line Buttress
 17
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Too Hot to Tango Waltz Formation
 22
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Stigmata Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 11
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Trad
The Fugitive Tango Tower
 28
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
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