Cascade Creek Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: A nice overview of the talus field and approximate...
Cascade Creek is a bouldering area about half way to Lava Lake. Several large gneiss boulders lie in a talus field on the south side of the canyon ~ 40 min to 1 hour from the trail-head (hiking time depends on physical fitness and if you know where you are going). There are about 60 established problems as of fall 2012, with room for many more. This area is an alpine zone featuring lots of moss and lichen covering the trees, the ground, and is also home to many pikas. Please try not to disturb this delicate zone more than is necessary.
From Bozeman drive south on highway 191 towards Big Sky. At the 35 MPH bridge turn right onto the dirt road just before the bridge. Park at one of the three parking areas next to the trail-head/bathroom. Please do not block the turn around or gate at the end of the road even if the parking is full, park on the west side of the road in a few pull outs or in the pull out across the bridge.
Hike up the Lava Lake trail, keep an eye out for the first wooden bridge that goes over a stream. From there the trail down to the boulders is 10 mins further at a look out over the talus field. There may or may not be a small cairn marking this turn off, which is located ~1.5 miles from the trail-head. From the turn off walk down scree field to a fallen tree crossing the creek, which leads directly to the Lava Pit. Most of the boulders lie upcanyon from the Lava Pit but there are a few boulders downcanyon of this junction.
Climbing Season For the Gallatin Canyon area.
Weather station 5.2 miles from here
33 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cascade Creek
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Carpenter's Traverse V6 7A Montana
: Gallatin Canyon
: ... : Carpenter Boulder
This excellent boulder problem starts on the right side of the boulder down in the pit using a left hand undercling/gaston and a right hand crimp at head height. Pull the crux moves on thin crimps leading to a good jug from there move left and then exit the face just before the ledge using two crimps and a gaston high on the face. Down climb to the left of the top out by a small tree....[more] Browse More Classics in Montana
By Andrew M Whitmore
Jul 24, 2016
Not to be too picky, but this is not an alpine zone. Alpine zones are above tree line. This area isn't even really sub-alpine, more of montane forest.