Elevation: 5,010 ft
GPS: 47.091, -113.986 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brian in SLC on Mar 7, 2020
Admins: GRK, Zach Wahrer
Access Issue: Tribal Conservation Permit required. Details

Description

When the ice is “in”, Finley Creek is the spot for Missoula ice climbers.

Located on the west side of the Rattlesnakes, on the Flathead Indian Reservation, climbing at Finley Creek requires the purchase of a Tribal Conservation Permit which must be in possession of the recreationist. As such, climbing here is a privilege and as guests on this land, please tread softly and be sure to remove any and all trash and litter. Tribal permits can be had in Missoula at Bob Ward’s or Cabela’s and in St. Ignatius at the Cenex.

csktnrd.org/fwrc/recreation

Warm winters and a lower elevation (around 5000 feet) aren’t friendly to ice formation making this location fickle for climbable ice.

A half a dozen or so routes, some mixed, a couple multi pitch, make Finley a popular venue for the local ice climbing crew.

Getting There

Located between Evaro and Arlee, on the east side of highway 93 and on the west side of the Rattlesnakes in the East Finley Creek drainage.

Around 5 miles south of Arlee, turn east on McClure Road and in less than a mile, take the right turn south to the signed “Finley Lakes” trail head.

Hike up the drainage for around a half hour to get to the ice.

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