Day Climbs

Missoula has a lot of great climbing close to town, this will give you an idea of what’s out there. The Trail Head carries a complete selection of climbing guides and maps to make sure you get to your destination and know you are on the climb you want to be on. Use safe climbing practices and carry a complete rack appropriate for the climb you are attempting. And lastly wear a helmet, we want to see you again!

  • Lolo Peak

    21.4 Mi. Away

    Elevation gain 2,894, 13 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Medium
  • Kootenai Canyon

    28.7 Mi. Away

    Missoula's most popular climbing destination for sport & traditional climbing. Great routes for all levels of climbers. There are climbs… Difficulty: Medium

  • The Heap

    34.0 Mi. Away

    Eight bolted routes. The best place for beginners in the Missoula Area.

    Difficulty: Easy
  • Lolo Pass

    38 Mi. Away

    The climbing at Lolo Pass begins lower down the road with The Heap (map at left.) The Heap has many… Difficulty: Easy

  • Mill Creek Canyon

    46 Mi. Away

    The hike into Mill Creek is a 35-45 minute arduous affair. But when you arrive you will be awarded with… Difficulty: Medium

  • Mulkey Gulch

    46.5 Mi. Away

    Mulkey Gulch is a small canyon with small granite outcroppings. The tallest of these is Mulkey Tower at 250'. The… Difficulty: Medium

  • Blodgett Canyon

    51.2 Mi. Away

    With the most climbs in one area close to Missoula Blodgett Canyon can be a busy one. Blodgett has 1… Difficulty: Medium

  • Rattler Gulch

    55.7 Mi. Away

    Easy access close to town and variety of difficulty (5.4-5.12) makes this a fun day trip. Composed of granite "ribs"… Difficulty: Medium

  • Sheep Mountain

    130 Mi. Away

    Several mixed routes on high quality granite face and crack climbs. Camping available at the trailhead parking area.

    Difficulty: Medium
  • Humbug Spires

    139 Mi. Away

    Part of the Boulder Batholith with more than 50 granite spires along the west and southwest of the range, The… Difficulty: Medium

  • Spire Rock

    142 Mi. Away

    Climbing for everyone. Sport, traditional, and mixed climbing on excellent granite from 30' to 100'. Climbing right at turnoff for… Difficulty: Medium

  • Bozeman: Gallatin Canyon

    202 Mi. Away

    When referring to the climbing section of Gallatin Canyon this encompasses the area north of the "35 MPH Bridge" on… Difficulty: Medium

  • Lake Koocanusa

    204 Mi. Away

    With a fair number of 5.12s there also a number of moderate to easy climbs as well.  Most is bolted… Difficulty: Medium

  • Bozeman: Hyalite Canyon

    216 Mi. Away

    Hyalite Canyon Recreation Area is the most heavily visited recreation area in  Montana with three campgrounds and two day use… Difficulty: Medium