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Allenspur Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,500'
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Submitted By: Hermes Lynn on May 10, 2009


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Sunny, southwest facing, limestone, sport climbing. Excellent views of Paradise Valley. The rock varies from excellent black dolomite to the lighter variety which still can be very good. Climbing is possible year round here but probably best in the spring and fall. Most of the routes are 5.9-5.11 with some newer routes currently being established on the larger part of the Main Crag.

Access: Allen Spur access is fragile and much effort has gone into keeping the climbing open. Be careful, clean, and courteous. Stick to established trails and show respect for the land owners and their property. Leave no trace.

Getting There 

5 miles south of Livingston on US 89, left on East river road and park at the fishing access. Use the new trail, now much shorter, that follows East river road and goes directly up to the boundary crag.

A few things to remember about accessing the crags:

-Park at the Carter’s Bridge fishing access, not on East River Road where the trail turns up towards the crag.
-From the Carter Bridge Fishing Access Site, walk east and south down East River Road for 250 yards. Turn east and follow the climbers trail up to the base of Boundry Crag.
-Do not trespass onto any other portion of the private property.
-The trail is for foot traffic only. No motorized vehicles or bikes.
-Look for the well marked trails signs and cairns.

The new trail access is shorter than the older trail. Please abide by these guidelines!

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

51 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',27],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Allenspur

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Allenspur:
Climbing Club Route   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Crag
Blood and Bolts   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Crag
Quick Tease   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 65'   7-11 Crag
Josh Was Grounded   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 70'   Boundry Crag
Yellowstone Poseidon Adventures   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   7-11 Crag
Sully's Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 90'   Main Crag
Beach Break   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Crag
Dam in the Rain   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   7-11 Crag
French Connection   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 75'   7-11 Crag
Point Break   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Crag
One Bullet to Many   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 65'   7-11 Crag
Flake Fest   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   7-11 Crag
Spur Corner   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   7-11 Crag
Eddie K Memorial Route   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   Main Crag
Harvester   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Main Crag
Shady Business   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Main Crag
Rancho Deluxe   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   7-11 Crag
Paradise   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Main Crag
Out of the Whole   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Obscurity Crag
Detached Retina   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Main Crag
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Featured Route For Allenspur
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo for Sully's Route.  2 Bolt anchor at the top....

Sully's Route 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Montana : Paradise Valley : ... : Main Crag
P1: Climb the obvious bolt line right of "Todos" which surmounts the large overhang. The crux is pulling the lip of the roof. The climb is much easier than it looks due to massive jugs through the overhang. P2: The second pitch traverses right and is substantially harder, probably 10d or 11a. It is also airy and committing. Not a tope rope due to the traverse so belay off the tree at the top and rappel down the chains to the left....[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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BETA PHOTO: Pano of Allenspur!
Rock Climbing Photo: Thank you MCC!
Thank you MCC!
Rock Climbing Photo: Allenspur crags
BETA PHOTO: Allenspur crags
Rock Climbing Photo: Flake Fest
Flake Fest
Rock Climbing Photo: Paradise Valley
Paradise Valley

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By Ben Beard
From: Superior, AZ
Jul 8, 2009
I made a couple trips while visiting Gardiner. This area has maybe 40 or so bolted routes, mostly 1 pitch. Very fun limestone. Buy the Southwestern climbing guide book. Park at the fishing access and follow the signs along the east river road for access.
By Keenan Waeschle
From: Bozeman, MT
Apr 30, 2012
the owner doesn't like dogs, leave yours at home if you want to continue to climb here.
By Dan Bachen
From: Helena, MT
Jul 21, 2012
Climbing with dogs at this area seems a little confusing, what I have figured out so far (and I may be wrong so please correct me) is that the new shorter access is not open to dogs and is extensively signed as such. Well behaved dogs are allowed on the older and longer trail through the easement. So if you want to bring dogs to the crag you have to suck it up and use the longer access trail.
By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
Jul 22, 2012
To be honest people with dogs simply shouldn't climb at this crag if they refuse to leave their dogs at home. The climbing is within feet of the owners land and he is very against having dogs on his land. You could use the old access...or you could do all of the climbing community a favor and make sure there is no issue with dogs at this crag by leaving them at home. There are MANY other places that dogs are allowed to hang out at the crag in the area so if MUST bring your dog everywhere go to those areas. Don't ruin it for the rest of us that would like to see Allenspur remain open for the foreseeable future.
By Eric Schwartz
From: Big Sky, MT
Jun 30, 2013
To be honest, this whole area is some fun climbing, but the access issues are kind of ridiculous. If some land owner is going to be this much of a pain that I can go but my dog can't, or the guide book says to go the old way but maybe they are feeling nice on alternate thursdays and letting us go the short way. What a mess. I guess I will just have to steer clear until somebody who is sane owns the land.
By Arlene crump
Oct 18, 2013
I've read all the comments about the dogs at Allenspur. We are the landowners of the short access and welcome your dogs if you want to bring them. We just ask that you use the directed route off East River Road and try not to cross our pasture at access the trail. Be mindful and please park at Carter's Bridge. Thanks! Enjoy!
By Bryan Gartland
From: Helena, MT
Aug 24, 2014
I understand that the access/ownership issues continue on the north end of the main crag -- any updates on the legality of climbing Beach Ball, The Prow, etc.?

Has Beach Ball seen its FFA yet?
By Hermes Lynn
From: Helena,MT
Aug 25, 2014
Yes the beach ball was freed by Whit Magro and myself a number of years ago, probably 12c\d. There is another line we bolted there that is an open project in the mid 13 range. Not sure about access, technically the routes are on private land.
By Bryan Gartland
From: Helena, MT
Aug 27, 2014
Thanks for the quick response, Hermes.

And congrats on ticking that long-standing project.

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