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Wolverine Bowl Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,600'
Location: 45.83796, -110.93689 View Map  Incorrect?
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Behold, Wolverine! Photo: Kris Zigich


Wolverine Bowl is an beautiful sub-alpine limestone area located roughly 30 min outside of Bozeman in the Bridger mountain range. This area offers an excellent summertime option to the many great areas close to Bozeman with it's great temperatures and excellent rock. The entire crag starts to go into the shade around 11:45 which make it a great later start crag as well.

The area is characterized by the stunning, well weathered blue Madison limestone that populates southwestern Montana. Most of the routes here are very typical to the Bozeman style which offer highly technical, slightly overhanging to slightly off vertical routes that will not only test your technique but your endurance as well. There are many longer routes at Wolverine so a 70m rope is highly recommended for most of the crags and a rack of 16 quickdraws will not go unused on quite a few routes. Although all most all of the modern routes in this area are completely bolted there are still some older mixed routes that require gear. They will likely not be mentioned in this guide for the time being, but will possibly be added in the future.

Being that this area is in a sub-alpine to alpine environment, proper planing for a day up at Wolverine is important. Having at least two liters of water, extra clothing and sustaining food is definitely important due to the high elevation of the area. Bear spray might also not be a bad idea. It is also important that you bring and wear a helmet. Some of the crags at this area are protected but rock fall can be frequent in drainages in between them due to snow thawing and mountain goats (especially in the spring). Please be aware and be safe.

Also given that this is a newer area, there is still development going and some of these newer routes may be a bit dusty still. If you get on a new route that is a little dirty, do your part and give it a little once over on your way down. The community will thank you for it! Please also comment on route's quality and grades if you think they should be different.

  • And a note to developers, please be courteous of the people that are using this area to climb for recreation. If you are developing a route that at all has a danger of releasing rockfall anywhere close to anyone please clean it when there is little to no people up there. This will make for a more enjoyable and safer experience for everyone. Thanks!

Getting There 

From Main street in Bozeman, drive to N Rouse Ave and follow it north out of town. N Rouse will turn into MT-86. Keep following this 18.7 miles out of town and turn left onto a dirt road at the sharp bend at Bracket Creek and follow it 1.7 miles until you hit the obvious first parking lot on your left. Park here.

From the parking lot it is a 1 hour hike to Wolverine (45min if hiking quickly). The lower angle hike, beautiful views, and wild flowers along the trail make it quite enjoyable. Leaving the parking lot stay left on the trail, this will quickly bring you to an old fire road. Follow the fire road for just under a quarter mile until you reach an obvious forest service sign that says "Trail" pointing right. Follow this trail for 3/4 of a mile until you reach the largest meadow on the trail. The trail you are following will cross the creek. DO NOT CROSS THE CREEK! Instead follow the beaten foot path right through the meadow leading to a kern at the top of the hill before the trees. From here its just 30 min up a well beaten in trail to reach the large scenic meadow below Wolverine. This meadow is the starting point for all approach descriptions to each area, the climbers trail cuts across the meadow leading straight to the base of the Lower Replica.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 3.2 miles from here

39 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wolverine Bowl

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wolverine Bowl:
ASS!    5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 25'   Denmark
The Beat Connection    5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 80'   The Bud Wall
You're My Cup of Tea   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 30'   Denmark
Hate Street Dialogue    5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Replica
Single Synapse Rat Brain   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 90'   Upper Replica
Hippy Killin' Conundrum   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 85'   The Bud Wall
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By B-Mkll Mackall
From: Bozeman, MT
Nov 2, 2014
Really would love a guide to the different walls or even a hand drawn map or something on here.
By Andrew M Whitmore
Aug 1, 2015
Goes into complete shade around 1400 hrs near the Solstice. Friction is a a God.

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