Red Lodge Montana Rock Climbing

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Rock Climbing

The views near Red Lodge, Montana, are spectacular but for experienced and novice climbers, the views from a high mountain peak are even more awe-inspiring after the effort and risk to get there.

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  • Granite Peak – Climbers can plan for an extended 4 or 5 day summit ascent of this 12, 800-foot mountain. Climbers should have a minimum of 5.7 ability.
  • Consider hiring a climbing guide if you are new to the sport or the area. 

Overview

Climbers of all abilities can tackle the amazing terrain in the Red Lodge area of Montana year-round. Summer is a popular time for short or extended hikes to a climbing area.

However you get there, you can count on incredible views. Whether you are trail or rock climbing, be sure to have the equipment you need, like special climbing shoes, rope, and climbing hardware.

Where to Go Climbing

In the Red Lodge area, the following areas are popular climbing locations in Custer National Forest:

  • Granite Peak – Climbers can plan for an extended 4 or 5-day summit ascent of this 12, 800-foot mountain. Climbers should have a minimum of 5.7 ability.
  • The Ramp – This route has great multi-pitch climbing. Climbers should have 5.7 ability.

Other climbing areas near Red Lodge include the Gallatin, Flathead, and Shoshone National Forests as well as in Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.

Rentals and Fees

If you are an experienced climber, you may already own all the equipment you need for a successful climb in the Red Lodge area. If you are new to climbing or simply want additional training, company, and guidance, you should hire a local experienced guide. Be sure to book guides early in the summer and before holidays.

Hire a Guide

First, for safety alone, you should consider hiring a local guide or experienced climbing service listed here. Even experienced climbers can learn valuable tips from climbers who know the Red Lodge area very well. Some retailers include climbing classes with their guide package.

It never hurts to get recommendations about new equipment or updates on area climbing conditions. Many climbing guided packages include various equipment so if you are new to the sport, you can try it first without buying everything up front.

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