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Tourist Trap

Tourist Trap Rock Climbing 

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Location: 45.39265, -111.20797 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: B-Mkll Mackall on Jul 20, 2014
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A remote crag perched high above the highway on the wrong side of the river that allegedly hosts a couple very good traditionally protected climbs for those willing to walk.
Faces Northeast so sees shade for a significant portion of the day year round. Given its tough approach and only brief mention in any guidebooks I would say to expect total solitude (with the exception of road noise) on any foray. Rock type is the same solid dark gneiss as the rest of the northern end of the canyon.

There is another associated crag on the "right" side of the highway, or the left side when travelling south. There is a long and obvious pullout where rafters often put in. Look up the hill to your left and you will spy a 50 foot cliff face. See photos in the main area section for beta/topo. There are currently two bolted lines that I have been able to find.

Getting There 

From the 35MPH bridge, head south about 1 mile until the first major crags appear on the right (West) side of the river. The Tourist Trap is identifiable by a prominent splitter crack on a clean face on its middle/left side.

In low water one can simply wade across slightly up or downstream from the pullout and then hike uphill aiming for the visible crack. This shortens the approach to about a quarter mile and 250 feet of up. 15 minutes.

The regular approach is a little confusing and may have some access issues. From Dockins & Kalakay: "To reach the crag take a dirt road starting at the 35 bridge... and park at the Cascade Creek (Lava Lake) trailhead. Walk through a summer home area (use the lower road), follow a trail along the river, then scramble uphill to the rock." 30-40 minutes.

To get to the second crag mentioned above, simply park at the pullout, cross the highway, and walk uphill. There is a small trail looker's right that departs from behind a rock pile.

Climbing Season

For the Gallatin Canyon area.

Weather station 5.6 miles from here

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