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Madison River Area Rock Climbing 

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A few small crags along the Madison River, This area is a good winter spot as it stays fairly sunny and fairly warm. The rock quality is on the weak side, the gniess here can be fragile to say the least.

Still under development, this area has a few well traveled crags. Grades here range anywhere from 5.5 to 5.11+

This area is full of rattle snakes and posion ivy, so keep a careful eye when approaching the crags.

Getting There 

From Bozeman head west on Highway 84 until you get to the Madison River.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

37 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Madison River Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Madison River Area:
Boys At Work   V3 6A     Boulder   Bear Trap Boulders
Dr. Bush   V6 7A     Boulder   Bear Trap Boulders
Moai Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Winter wall
The Jack Attack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Winter wall
Standard Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 160'   Neat Rock
Molly's Stealthy Ride   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Winter wall
Balance of Power   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   Crew Crag
Alluvial Ecstasy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Winter wall
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Featured Route For Madison River Area
Rock Climbing Photo: the pinnacle toprope

Pinnacle Toprope 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Montana : Madison River Area : Neat Rock
Easy scramble up boulders until you get to the last 25 feet or so. There are only a couple move of 5.10 with a solid two finger jam/wedge mixed in there. fun quick route if you don't have much time left in the day but just want one more...[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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By John Padon
Jun 1, 2016
Found a crash pad climbing here the other day. Pretty okay to have a free crash pad but if you can describe the brand, color, and what was also left behind with it I'll get it back to you.

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