Elevation: 5,881 ft
GPS: 45.41763, -111.23067
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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.

192 Total Climbs

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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
 176
Skyline Arete
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 207
Sparerib
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 87
The Waltz
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 68
Watchtower Standard Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 49
Fire Escape
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 71
Pineapple Thunderpussy
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 70
Diesel Driver
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 49
Ashes of Stone
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 37
Alto Ray
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 44
Silver Foxes
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 72
Black Line
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 30
Too Hot to Tango
Trad, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 16
Stigmata
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 35
The Fugitive
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 18
Rusty Nail
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Skyline Arete Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 176
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Sparerib Sparerib Area
 207
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
The Waltz Waltz Formation
 87
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Watchtower Standard Route Watchtower - Lower
 68
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Fire Escape Fish Face
 49
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Pineapple Thunderpussy Pineapple Buttress
 71
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Diesel Driver Black Line Buttress
 70
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Ashes of Stone Ashes of Stone Buttress
 49
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Alto Ray Black Line Buttress
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Silver Foxes Watchtower - Upper
 44
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Black Line Black Line Buttress
 72
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Too Hot to Tango Waltz Formation
 30
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Stigmata Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 16
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
The Fugitive Tango Tower
 35
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Rusty Nail Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 18
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad
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