Red Lodge Montana Ice Climbing

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Ice Climbing

Ice climbing in the Beartooths in and near Red Lodge, Montana is challenging, requiring mostly remote, long approaches, but those who brave the elements are rewarded with world-class climbing and breathtaking views.

  • Train with a qualified climber or guide service before heading out to ice climb in the beautiful snow covered Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in and near Red Lodge.
  • Silver Falls, located South of Red Lodge in Lake Fork Canyon, requires snowshoes or skies to get climbers to optimum climbing areas.

Overview

Ice climbing is not a learn-as-you-go type of sport. You should definitely train with a qualified climber or guide service before heading out to conquer and challenge yourself in the few climbing areas in the beautiful snow covered Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in and near Red Lodge, Montana.

If you’re a climber who prefers remote, out-of-the-way climbs and don’t mind that emergency crews could take a while to reach you if needed, the Beartooths might be the climbing area you’re looking for. You won’t be disappointed by the steep rock walls, snowfields, glaciers, frozen waterfalls, and ice-covered terrain.

Where to Go Ice Climbing in Red Lodge

Red Lodge offers a few ice climbing areas that can be reached with a minimum of effort. These include climbs formed by Rock Creek, Stillwater River, and areas near East and West Rosebud Lakes.

  • Silver Falls
    Location: A few miles South of Red Lodge in Lake Fork Canyon
    Description: This long, thin waterfall becomes a ice climber’s playground when Winter conditions permit.  Requires snowshoes or skies to get climbers to optimum climbing areas.

Although Granite Peak is a tough mountain and the highest peak in Montana and its Beartooth Mountains at nearly 13,000 feet, it is not a great option for ice climbers.

Rentals & Fees

Area retail experts and outfitters listed here can make sure you have the best equipment to take on icy, alpine climbs in Red Lodge.

Hire a Guide

An experienced guide will not only take you to a good climbing spot but will help keep you safe along the way. A local provider will be able to advise you about technical climbs, equipment, and weather conditions.

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Other Ice Climbing Resources

Access Fund

Encouraging ice and rock climbers to be responsible while climbing in order to preserve climbing access.

Southwest Montana Climbers Coalition

Practice safe and responsible climbing to maintain quality ice climbing sites.