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Central Montana climbing. Not too long a trip from either Missoula or Bozeman. Offers both sunny early/late season climbing and shady summer climbing. Various areas with different options.

Getting There 

Along I-15, between Butte and Great Falls, MT. East/southeast of Helena, northwest of Bozeman. Off of Hwy 287 between Helena and Three Forks.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 6.5 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Canyon Ferry

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Canyon Ferry:
Weird Science   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Hellgate Gulch : Winter Wall
Drowning in Flame   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Avalanche Gulch : Bukowski Buttress
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Fire Spire (5.9)

The Fire Spire 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Montana : Canyon Ferry : ... : Fire Spire
This is an absolute gem of a route. Great exposure, and fun climbing. P1: Scramble out on a small ledge to the right of Sunfire Slab. Belay at a bolt. Work up a small dihedral into a crack followed by some face climbing. Belay on a good sized ledge.P2:Start up the left side of the ledge, past bolts onto a face split by a crack. Finish on the crack system. Enjoy the view.Rappel route....[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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Rock Climbing Photo: Canyon Ferry Lake after a storm, from the Hellgate...
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By Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady
May 15, 2013
If you can still find Jake Mergenthaler's "Central Montana Rock" book in print it's definitely worth having, particularly for getting to some of the more obscure areas.
By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
May 22, 2013
As of 5-22-13 we still have several copies of Central Montana Rock at Spire Climbing Center in Bozeman.
By Aaron W
Oct 12, 2013
Cool area with a lot of sport climbing much of which is not listed here. There looks to be some cool boulders on W Shore Drive as well. Grades here range from fluffy to sandbagged. Probably best to leave the rack at home as even the cracks have been bolted here. Avalanche has a much wider range of climbs then Hells gate.

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