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Paradise Valley Rock Climbing 


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The Yellowstone River flows down the northern end ...

Description 

This beautiful valley of the Yellowstone River provides climbers with a selection of diverse and enjoyable climbing experiences, from clipping bolts at Allenspur to big, hard, granite free climbs on Mount Cowen.

Sandwiched between the Gallatin Range on the west and the Absaroka/Beartooth Range on the east, the season here is as diverse as the climbing. Generally, temps in the valley are a bit milder than the Gallatin Valley, allowing for a slightly longer traditional rock season and even occasional winter days at the low crags of Allenspur. Mill Creek is located further up in the Absaroka/Beartooth mountains and has a more traditional summer season (late May through October). The alpine rock routes of Mount Cowen are subject to the intricacies of mountain weather and snowpack, with July and August beimg best.

Pay camping can be found throughout the valley, with good free options up Mill Creek past the climbing area.

Besides the awesome climbing and backcountry ski opportunities, two of my favorite things about Paradise Valley are soaking in Chico Hot Springs (a few miles south of Mill Creek) and eating at Mark's In and Out in Livingston, both easily combined with a climbing excursion.

Getting There 

I-90 provides the general access point to Paradise Valley from the north, east, and west. Exit at any of the Livingston exits and head south on Highway 89. Refer to specific areas for directions from here.
From the south, it's possible (and recommended if time is available) to enter the valley from the south via Yellowstone National Park. The diversity of scenery is unmatched.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

117 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',20],['3 Stars',45],['2 Stars',42],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',4],['5.8',5],['5.9',10],['5.10',34],['5.11',12],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',4],['V2-3',6],['V4-5',7],['V6-7',6],['V8-9',6],['V10-11',7],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Paradise Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Paradise Valley:
Genghis Tron   V5 6C     Boulder   Yankee Jim : Campground Boulders
Montana's Most Wanted   V7 7A+     Boulder   Yankee Jim : Campground Boulders
Northeast Arete   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 1000'   Cowen Cirque
Gobis in the Dark   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Climbing Club Route   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Allenspur : Main Crag
Righteous are the Brave   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 50'   Mill Creek : Ladyfingers Buttress
Ladyfingers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Mill Creek : Ladyfingers Buttress
Yellowstone Poseidon Adventures   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
More Desire Than Fire   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Mill Creek : Brain Bucket Wall
Dam in the Rain   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Sully's Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 90'   Allenspur : Main Crag
French Connection   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 75'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Cutthroats Don't Wear Plaid   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Mill Creek : Ladyfingers Buttress
Flake Fest   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Spur Corner   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Thunderbolt and Lightfeet   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Mill Creek : Thunderbolt Buttress
Shady Business   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Allenspur : Main Crag
Montana Centennial Route   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1600'   Cowen Cirque
Rancho Deluxe   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   Allenspur : 7-11 Crag
Out of the Whole   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Allenspur : Obscurity Crag
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Featured Route For Paradise Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Shady Business

Shady Business 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Montana : Paradise Valley : ... : Main Crag
The route climbs just left of the prow on the shady side of the wall. The climb is unique and has a great position. There are good rests between the bouldery cruxes....[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

Photos of Paradise Valley Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset on the road to the Mill Creek crags.
Sunset on the road to the Mill Creek crags.
Rock Climbing Photo: Emigrant Peak, as seen from the Allenspur approach...
Emigrant Peak, as seen from the Allenspur approach...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset near Mill Creek crags.
Sunset near Mill Creek crags.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bear attack!
Bear attack!
Rock Climbing Photo: Paradise Valley
Paradise Valley

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