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Natural Bridge and Falls Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,800'
Location: 45.5501, -110.2079 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ty Morrison-Heath on Mar 24, 2012  with updates from Pat Dyess
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A really neat place to go and climb hard sport this area is under very active development and is host to mostly harder sport lines at the moment. The climbing is limestone and for the most part very steep for Montana. Some pockets are to be found but it is a lot of small edging. The river that flows through the canyon goes underground for part of the canyon but during spring can overrun and flow down the center. The waterfall has the same proclivity with it flowing under for most of the year but during high melt-off it will occasionally flow over the top of the riverbed. A really neat changing environment that feels a little different every time you go to it. Due to the very active route development many bolt lines you see will not be posted here as they are still projects in the making. This area is climbable pretty much year round with a fair amount of protection afforded by being in a canyon and mild temps. The best season is probably Spring and Fall, although during summer it can be fun to have a mid climbing sesh dip in the river.

Have a great time!

Getting There 

From the East
To get to the Natural Bridges parking lot there are a couple of options. If coming from the east the best way is to get off at Big Timber exit 367 from I90. Drive through town following signs to state highway 298. Continue on state highway 298 for 25.1 miles and there is a sign designating Natural Bridges state park. Turn here and you have arrived at the parking lot. Expect around a 2 hour drive from Billings.
From the West
If coming from the West such as Bozeman there are two options. The route described as above stays on main roads and is slightly quicker but much less scenic than the way I prefer. I like to drive out to Livingston and then turn onto Swingley road and take it to Mcleod. See this map for details.
It is a gorgeous drive and does not take much longer than staying on the interstate.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

46 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Natural Bridge and Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Natural Bridge and Falls:
Taste of Grit   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   The Foyer
Skipping Stones into my Childhood   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   The Foyer
Snap Dragon   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Foyer
Bird of Paradise   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Foyer
Labors of Lust   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Foyer
Himalayas Calling   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Porcelain Wall
Black Parade   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   The Foyer
Porcelain Wall   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Porcelain Wall
Adventure time   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Foyer
Winds of Deception   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Foyer
Death From Above   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   The Foyer
Stranger than Fiction   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Foyer
The Kraken   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Shipwreck Rock
Pageant of the Transmundane   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Porcelain Wall
Irukandji Syndrome   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Shipwreck Rock
Monsters of the Deep   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch   Shipwreck Rock
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Featured Route For Natural Bridge and Falls
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of Adventure Time. Photo by Kris Zigich.

Adventure time 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Montana : Natural Bridge and Falls : The Foyer
Pull up through a section of large pockets and up onto a no hands ledge. At a second no hands ledge, rest up and study the crux. It might be hard to figure out, but there are a couple ways to get it done. After the crux, its just fighting the pump through good holds to the chains....[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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By laura DelRay
Apr 5, 2017
Saw a bolted multipitch (2) that is across the river from The Foyer wall to the right of the river- does anyone have any beta on this/ know what the two pitches are rated? wanna try it this weekend but can't find any info about it..
By Pat Dyess
From: Bozeman, MT
Apr 10, 2017
Old Brunkhorst route I believe...I've always thought it was 5.8-5.9 watch out for wasps they tend to like to build hives in the upper pockets also an unfinished thing you can tr off the prow of the tower. Bring 2 ropes or plan on belaying your partner up. Can be done in one pitch with a 70m.

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