Stone Hills - NW of bridge Rock Climbing
Generally east facing cliffs facing the lake - historically, there were extremely few people who ever climbed there other than yours truly (back in 80's and 90's).
Rock is quartzite - like the rest of the Stone Hills formation.
A variety of face climbing features, with vertical and horizontal cracks... lots of loose flakes and much lichen on areas that haven't been cleaned and prepped from the top.
Coming south from Eureka, head down the east side highway along the lake and turn right on the Kookanusa bridge...(from the south, from Hold Up Bluffs - turn left onto the bridge) Then turn right off the bridge and drive up the road a short way(to the top of a hill)...
Park at a pull-out... the "trail" will take you to the top of the formation. You can rap down Flame (double (55-60m) ropes, or a mid-station with two bolts for a single rope - two raps).
Or... find a trail (on right?) that will take you down to a bench below the cliffs and above the lake.
Yo... you'd be well advised to have a copy of the local guide book for specific directions.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 8.2 miles from here
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Featured Route For Stone Hills - NW of bridge
Flame 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Montana
: Stone Hill
: Stone Hills - NW of bridge
This is the longest, most direct route on the cliff formations NW of the Kookanusa bridge. Although it is a long single pitch (55m.) I set it up with a mid-station rap point. This allows the choice of two raps from the top (with a single rope)... and it allows a two pitch climb with a nice bolted station at a small ledge. As there are very few two-pitch climbs at Stone Hills, it's nice to use as "practice" for multi-pitch climbing.Although one of the guide books attributes the first ascent to an...[more] Browse More Classics in Montana