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Dragon's Back  Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Ian Cavanaugh on Jan 16, 2011


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BETA PHOTO: Some of the moderate routes on Dragon's Back. Blu...


This is large piece of granite near the summit of Homestake Pass. The Dragon's Back is located in a canyon on the north side of the highway and can be seen from the road. This area contains many classic routes including several multi-pitch routes. Also near the Dragon's Back is the Scarecase Cliff and Wheat Thin Area and Little Fire Canyon.

Getting There 

The Dragons back should only be reached from the west bound lane of the interstate. the best way to reach it is to park before the big corner on the westbound lane in the large dirt pullout close to where the Dragon's back is visible near mile marker 238. From here head west till pass a talus field into some tree. From here a trail down should be visible. This will lead down and to the base of the West face. From the creek, Little Fire canyon is to you left up stream. Scarecase Cliffs will be down stream to you right. The Wheat Thins area is also visible from the interstate and also to you right on the opposite side of the Scarecase cliffs. It can also be reached easily by walking east from the car until another large talus field is visible. Head straight down, past a creek with a small water fall and you will walk straight to the cliffs.

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Weather station 8.6 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Dragon's Back

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dragon's Back :
Owl Dihedral   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
Proboscis   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Power Pusher   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
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Featured Route For Dragon's Back
Rock Climbing Photo: Reaching for the jug!  Photo by Kyle Christenson

Tat Tvam Asi 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  Montana : Homestake Pass : Dragon's Back
Start up a ramp in a thin corner. Climb straight up the overhanging finger crack until it is possible to reach a jug on the arete. Turn the arete and mantle to a no hands rest and a bolt. From here head straight up the face to the anchors at the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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