Where is the best rock climbing in Montana?
Stone Hill, overlooking Lake Koocanusa in Eureka, Montana boasts some of the best rock-climbing opportunities in all of Montana, and certainly is the best rock climbing in Western Montana.
Both Stone Hill, and Stryker Rocks/Stillwater Canyon are a quick drive from Tobacco River Ranch. For folks looking for rock climbing near Glacier National Park, these destinations are just an hour West of Glacier. Lake Koocanusa Rock Climbing, which is 10 miles South of Eureka, on Highway 97 S, is easily accessible and offers epic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. This area boasts over 500 sport, trad or top rope climbs and the rock is primarily quartzite. Many climbs overlook the beautiful Lake Koocanusa, a 90-mile long reservoir which runs all the way to Canada.
Climbing season runs between March and October – but from July to August the afternoon sun can be harsh and it’s best to climb in the morning. There are a few routes on the west side of the reservoir which offer evening shade. The area offers a great range of climbs from beginner to advanced – and the area is clean and un trampled – PLEASE pass forward this legacy and leave no trace. This area was considered sacred by the Kootenai and Salish Native Americans who lived on the banks of the reservoir – there are many pictographs in Stone Hill area.
Stone Hill and Room with a view are two of the most popular climbs. Room with a view is a fantastic picnic spot ~ accessible only by climbers!
For more info on area climbing, or to set up a guided climb with equipment, we recommend Link at Rock Climb Montana.