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Yankee Jim  Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,100'
Location: 45.18274, -110.88821 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: grk10vq on Aug 6, 2010


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Yankee Jim is a cluster of sparse, quality gneiss boulders with interesting features and bands.

Named after an old toll-road operator, Yankee Jim has a lot history, some of which is still noticeable so please exercise discretion and leave each area untouched and better then you found it.

While I've heard a few different names for some of the areas. The easiest division lies between two places called the Campground Boulders and The Loco-Motives.

If you're traveling to Yellowstone this makes a great stop before entering the park. The bouldering doesn't look like much, but its surprisingly fun and can be easily accessible.


As with most, the climbing is best in the spring and fall, with year-round bouldering available with a little chasing of shadows and sun. In the colder days you can feel the friction, where as in the summer the hard problems tend to feel harder.


A pay campground is available for a few dollars a night (Yankee Jim Campground) as is free camping in the national forest. If camping in the NF, please camp a good distance in from the road and pack out what you pack in. Be aware of private property and please keep off.

Getting There 

Only about an hour from Bozeman, Yankee Jim is found by taking I-90 east until reaching Livingston. Once here, look for exit 333 and drive south for 35 miles on highway 89 until you hit Tom Miner Road or the Yankee Jim Campground. If coming from Gardiner, MT take US Rt 89 north 12.9 miles till you hit the campground on the right.

Climbing Season

For the Paradise Valley area.

Weather station 14.4 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Yankee Jim

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Yankee Jim :
Genghis Tron   V5 6C     Boulder   Campground Boulders
Gigarete   V7 7A+     Boulder   Locomotive Boulders
Montana's Most Wanted   V7 7A+     Boulder   Campground Boulders
Mrs. Leslie   V8 7B     Boulder   Locomotive Boulders
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Rock Climbing Photo: Hitting the lip of Montana's Most Wanted. Photo: M...

Montana's Most Wanted V7 7A+  Montana : Paradise Valley : ... : Campground Boulders
A must do problem in the Paradise Valley area. Start on obvious right side pull and 1 pad left crimp. Make some big moves head left to the lip and avoid the dab for an exciting top out encounter....[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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By Ty Gittins
From: bozeman
May 2, 2011
this area is in the paradise valley. there is a great online guide to the bouldering @
By Andrew M Whitmore
Apr 14, 2015
Not remote. Its next to the highway.

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