Private Rock Climbing Tours
Want to try rock climbing outside? Love to climb but don’t know where to go?
Let Glacier Adventure Guides take you on a guided climbing trip. The quality of climbing in Northwest Montana is a well-kept secret. Our local wilderness is riddled with cliffs, bluffs and rocky outcrops, home to hundreds of routes with very few visitors. Our guides cater to your skill level and know exactly where to find those routes you’re sure to climb and enjoy. Our guides have decades of experience on the rock and guarantee a fun, informative time at the crags.
For our first time ever rock climbing, my friend and I spent the day with Glacier Adventure Guides and had an excellent time. Even though we booked on short notice, all details were taken care of. The guys were friendly, informative and extremely encouraging. Totally loved it and highly recommend them. –Renee, via tripadvisor.com
For those new to climbing, we can teach you:
Climbing Equipment Use
Climbing Safety & Communication
Day trips: Meet at the Glacier Adventure Guides office at 9 a.m., where we will drive to the crag to begin climbing. After a full day of climbing, we will return to Columbia Falls in the evening.
Rock climbing shoes
Appropriate clothing (lightweight and stretchable)
Extra water (water is provided)
Extra food & snacks (lunch is provided)
Glacier Adventure Guides leads climbing day trips to three areas.
The crags at Stone Hill above Lake Koocanusa offer some of the highest quality rock climbing in northwest Montana. Soaring, black quartzite bluffs distinguish the area from the densely forested foothills surrounding it. Stone Hill is known for its smooth texture, thin holds and dead-vertical faces. If you’re looking for a unique climbing getaway, let us show you the best of what Stone Hill has to offer.
90-MINUTE DRIVE FROM COLUMBIA FALLS
BEST SEASON: MAY – OCTOBER
DIFFICULTY: 5.7 – 5.12d
These crags are the place to climb on hot, sunny days late in the summer. Hard, black quartzite cliffs fall away to the Stillwater River on the east side of the Mt. Marston road. Rushing water and towering Tamaracks create a cool ambiance. There are many beginner routes in close proximity, and the forest floor at the base of the cliffs is well-trodden, making for a scenic, comfortable place for groups to hang out.
60-MINUTE DRIVE FROM COLUMBIA FALLS
BEST SEASON: JULY – SEPTEMBER
DIFFICULTY: 5.6 – 5.11d
Located south of Kalispell, the Kila crags offer a less committing, user-friendly climbing experience for any size group. Most climbs begin on flat ground, on the remnants of a 19th century railroad grade that is now a primitive road (this feature makes for excellent watching and picture-taking opportunities). Kila’s crags are ideal for those seeking a less time consuming and a more group-friendly climbing outing.
45-MINUTE DRIVE FROM COLUMBIA FALLS
BEST SEASON: APRIL – OCTOBER
DIFFICULTY: 5.7 – 5.11d
Columbia Falls is located in northwest Montana and is known as “The Gateway to Glacier.”
The town is also a short drive from the North Fork of the Flathead River, and is surrounded by the Whitefish, Livingston and Swan mountain ranges and several national and state forests. While small, it’s a prime destination for skiing, hiking and camping, with enough amenities to keep you more than comfortable.
Drive times to Columbia Falls:
Glacier International Airport (FCA): 15 min.
Missoula International Airport (MSO): 2-3 hrs.
Whitefish Train Depot: 20 min.
Transportation from the office to trail head
Does not include:
Hotel costs before, during, or after the trips
Transportation from lodging to office (shuttle rates: $75 from town, $125 from Whitefish Mountain Resort).
Ready to book? You have the option to either call and book via phone or through our secure Online Reservation System.
Need more information?
Free inquiries can be made by calling us at 877-735-9514 or emailing Greg Fortin, owner and lead guide.
All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver, fill out our Guide Questionnaire and agree to our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.