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Big Bear Canyon

  • Grade context: US
  • Photos: 4
  • Ascents: 12
  • Aka: BBC
  • Aka: Little Bear

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Summary

A limestone crag with excellent grey and yellowish rock, mostly south facing at an altitude of about 2000m ASL. There is huge potential for additional developments.

Description

Some of the routes stay wet when snow is melting above the cliff. Be aware that this is a popular area for people to come shoot their guns.

Access issues

The road passes for 3 miles through private land, please respect the landowners.

Approach

Drive south from Bozeman on highway 191 until you see a sign "National Forest Access" and take a left on to Little Bear Road. Follow this road for a total of 14.5km (9 miles) up. After milemarker 7 you will reach a Y-junction, keep left (lower) on Little Bear Road and continue for 1 mile. Just before milemarker 9 keep left again (a wooden sign indicates Lower big Bear, Big Bear No. 478) and park on the open meadow. From there head back a bit (North) and straight down the meadow as far as you can (it funnels you onto an old overgrown road). The beginning is marked with a big cairn (or pile of rocks). Follow the path which is reasonably well marked for a while until it takes a left down steeper to the creek. Cross the creek using one of the many trees and hike up on the other side on a well marked path. Keep right when it gets steeper to reach the cliff.

Where to stay

You can camp at the parking, it is National Forest.

History

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This is a newer crag, as of 2017 only 2 walls have been developed. Development started in 2013.

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