ICE UPDATE: 3/24/17  This is our last update for the 2017 season. We have marked every climb as “NO”. We have marked everything this way, but that does not mean that you cannot climb ice in Hyalite. Some of the lower angle moderate routes should still be okay, (i.e. Champagne Sherbet). It’s been extremely warm out in Hyalite with temps near the reservoir reaching 50+ on Saturday (3/18/17), and temperatures have been either just barely dipping below freezing or not freezing at all at night. The key this time of year is to seek out north facing routes or climbs that receive minimal sun exposure. Most of the fatter climbs should be just fine for awhile still, but be weary of free hanging pillars.  Some climbs will be safer in the morning then soften up substantially once they receive sun.  If you dig in deep enough one can usually find good screws. Check back at the end of November when we start updating ice conditions again! Thanks for following along all season!

From November 28 – April 1st, Montana Alpine Guides will be updating ice climbing conditions for Hyalite Canyon and other southwest Montana areas on a weekly basis.

Ice conditions change drastically from day to day, so it is up to you the climber to decide if a route is “in” for your own abilities, acceptance of risk, etc. We will be listing routes with “YES” if the ice is in and some one has climbed it, “NO” if it’s not in, “MAYBE” for routes that were close at the time of our last observation, and “?” which means we simply don’t know. Again, this list is merely a reference and it’s up to you to find out the latest condition of a route and make your own call. Ice climbing grades can vary one number grade in either direction so keep that in mind and make your own assessments. We have decided to make this list after numerous inquiries, we hope this is a valuable resource for our climbing community at large. Keep in mind that routes can fall out of shape/conditions in an hour. Take this list with a grain of salt and walk up there to find out the final condition, you may even find it to be “in” if you are willing to rock climb over enough choss.

Help us keep this list – We have 4-8 ice climbing guides who frequent the canyon both for work and play, but we need and want your input. If you see that a route has melted out, fallen down, formed, or feel it’s in different condition from our list please let us know by sending emails to

For the latest avalanche conditions please visit the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Advisory.

Hyalite Canyon Main Fork

Date of Last Update: 3/24/17

Black Magic Wall

  • Black Magic –NO
  • Smears for Fears – NO
  • Smear Today, Gone Tomorrow – NO
  • The Shores of Pluto – NO 


Dribbles Area

  • Avalanche Gulch – NO
  • Silken Falls –NO
  • Silken Skein Falls –NO
  • Silken Slot –NO
  • The Climb Above The Dribbles –NO
  • The Climb Left of The Climb Above The Dribbles –NO
  • The Climb Right of Silken Falls –NO
  • The Dribbles –NO
  • Notes: 

Genesis Area

  • Clump Tree Gully –NO
  • Genesis I –NO
  • Genesis II –NO
  • Hang Over –NO
  • Hang Over Variation –NO
  • Lower Green Sleeves –NO
  • Sleeping Giant Falls –NO
  • The Golden Mean –NO
  • The Soprano –NO
  • Through Four More –NO
  • Upper Green Sleeves –NO
  • Willow Gully –NO
  • Zack Attack –NO
  • Notes:



Overlook Mountain

  • Disco Party –NO
  • Poseidon –NO 
  • Strong Persuader –NO
  • The G-Spot –NO
  • The Monkey Ass Wall –NO

Notes: Additional info

Palace Butte

  • Palace Butte Falls – NO
  • Kansas Cornfield –NO
  • Reparation – NO
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – NO

Notes: Additional info

The Responsible Area

  • Responsible Family Man –NO
  • Rocket Boy – NO
  • The Western –NO


The Unnamed Wall

  • Bingo World – NO
  • Breadfan –NO
  • Bulldog World –NO
  • Come and Get It – NO
  • Expanding Horizons – NO
  • Fatty Access Ice –NO
  • Grassroots Revival – NO
  • Jeff’s Left –NO
  • Jeff’s Right- NO
  • Magically Delicious –NO
  • Sharp Dressed Man – NO
  • The Elevator Shaft –NO
  • The Fat One –NO
  • The Good Lookin’ One – NO
  • The Itchy and Scratchy Show –NO
  • The Penthouse– NO
  • The Scrappy One –NO
  • The Thrill is Gone –NO


Twin Falls Area

  • Airborne Ranger – NO
  • Cleopatra’s Needle – NO
  • Equinox – NO
  • Marc Antony’s Wicked Tool –NO
  • Solstice – NO
  • The Matriarch – NO
  • The Shimmy – NO 
  • Twin Falls – NO


Winter Dance Area

  • Curtains –NO
  • Dielectric Breakdown –NO
  • Land of the Lost –NO
  • Over Easy –NO
  • Slot Corner –NO
  • Winter Dance – NO
  • The Nutcracker –NO

Notes: Additional info

Hyalite Canyon East Fork

Date of Last Update: 3/24/17

Emerald Lake Trailhead-

  • Cave Falls – NO
  • High Fidelity – NO
  • Horsetail Falls – NO
  • Lucky Feet – NO
  • Slight of Hand – NO
  • Rock And Hoar Pic Show – NO
  • The Asteroid – NO
  • The Comet – NO
  • Notes:

Road Conditions 

Flanders Drainage

Lower Flanders

  • Champagne Sherbet – NO
  • Champagne Slot – NO
  • High Crimes And Misdemeanors – NO
  • Right Side Routes – NO

Upper Flanders

  • Code Red – NO
  • Fact Or Flander? – NO
  • Flanders Field – NO
  • Red Dog – NO
  • Slick Willy – NO
  • The Ice Miser – NO

Flanders Cirque

  • Bulging Blues –NO
  • Pigs In Zen –NO
  • The Ghost Of Flanders –NO

North Side of The Mummy

  • Bobo Like –NO
  • Corkscrew Silliness –NO
  • Direct Start to The Big Sleep –NO
  • Men Are From Mars –NO
  • Narcolepsy –NO
  • Lurking Smear- NO
  • Resurrection Start –NO
  • The Big Sleep –NO
  • The Killer Pillar –NO
  • Women Are From Venus –NO


Road Conditions 

Palisade Falls Area

  • Alpha –NO
  • Omega –NO
  • Palisade Falls –NO
  • Notes: Additional info