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Mill Creek Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,200'
Location: 45.2704, -110.4946 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ty Morrison-Heath on Jul 7, 2012
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Located near Livingston, Mill Creek is host to many single pitch trad and sport lines on roadside granite in a beautiful alpine valley. Approaches are short (Some are less than 10 seconds from the car) and the climbing is fun and safe feeling. In 2007 Mill Creek burned rather disastrously leading to a neat new life feeling in the valley. Due to its location in the mountains it can experience some mountain weather and be considerably different from what Bozeman is experiencing weather wise so bring a jacket.

Getting There 

Getting there is relatively easy:

Driving from Bozeman or Livingston - Drive down 89 heading towards Gardiner for ~17 miles and then take a left on Mill Creek Road. Head down Mill Creek Road for 14.3 miles continuing straight until the obvious large granite formations appear on the left side of the road. It should be noted that Mile Markers in this neck of the woods are unreliable for telling distance as they change each time the land crosses different land ownership parcels. It is approximately .25 miles after the Passage Falls Trailhead. See attached map for extra directions if needed.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.5 miles from here

25 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mill Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mill Creek:
Righteous are the Brave   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 50'   Ladyfingers Buttress
Ladyfingers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Ladyfingers Buttress
More Desire Than Fire   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Brain Bucket Wall - Lower
Cutthroats Don't Wear Plaid   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ladyfingers Buttress
Manly Fingertips   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ladyfingers Buttress
Thunderbolt and Lightfeet   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Thunderbolt Buttress
92 in the Shade   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   Roadside Fins
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Featured Route For Mill Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: Climb the tower!

More Desire Than Fire 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Montana : Paradise Valley : ... : Brain Bucket Wall - Lower
This route is the left of two splitters on the east face of the wall. Awesome steep hands to a small roof, head right to join the top of the route Jedi corner to finish. The upper part of the crack looks wide, but protects well with smaller gear. This is a great line on a cool tower-like formation- Get on it!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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By Mitchell Martishius
Sep 25, 2012
There is a climbing guide for Paradise Valley written by Kevin Hutchinson that has a crapload of climbs from Mill Creek to the Allenspur to Yankee Jim Canyon. You should get the names and ratings, etc, from that book. It is the original guide.
By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
May 26, 2013
Have any way of getting it?
By mojede
Sep 12, 2013
Timber Trails in Livingston always has the guide available. They will exclusively be handling the retail end for it. May be also found in small shops in MT gathering dust ;-)

PM me here through my e-mail Ty, and I can hook you up for your efforts--thanks for the cool Mill Creek section :-)

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