The Highway is a loose conglomerate of scattered boulders which contain V1, as well as V10 routes and everything in between. Good parking and easy access, along with a couple of excellent beginner routes, make the Highway area a good place to spend a half day. Because this bouldering zone is just south, and above, the road into Yellowstone, you can throw in some quick routes on your way to or from the park. Some of the best boulders are enticingly visible from the highway. If your gear is in the car, you should just plan on stopping.
What Makes It Great
Although you'll be walking uphill from the parking area, access to the Highway is a simple five or ten minute walk. There are more than 10 boulders on this slope of Cedar Mountain, so you can find one to suit your fancy. Although this is the north side of the mountain, this area can get toasty warm in summer, but that's perfect on a cool spring or fall day. There is fair shade from a few larger trees, but for the most part it will be hot in mid-summer. There are a couple of boulders to note here.
The first is Cornflakes. It's a bigger, better boulder in a lot of ways. To start with, it's an excellent beginner spot and it's close to the highway. You won't get worn out just hauling your gear to it. There are several routes on the west face that are perfect for introducing someone to the sport and a couple that are a little more difficult. Some of these routes are visually blocked by an interfering tree. Despite that, Cornflakes is a great starter boulder. Just a quick five minute walk uphill and left of Cornflakes is Monkey Bars. One great ***V5 problem lies low on the northwest face.
Who is Going to Love It
If you're short on time and don't want to negotiate the tight turns and rocky road up Cedar Mountain, then the Highway is a good bet. It's great for getting back into it after a winter of couch sitting or if you’re seriously short on time, but itching to feel chalk on your hands.
Due to its proximity to the rather busy highway just below you, this is not the best area to bring young children. Older kids learning the sport will find a lot to keep them occupied, and you won't have to bribe them on a long walk back to the car after a physical day. They’ll probably beat you to it since it’ll be right below you. Even though the road is close, the noise isn't distracting. Bouldering history buffs will enjoy knowing some of these routes were developed over twenty years ago. These are oldies but goodies.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Cody: Take US HWY 14/16/20 west 4.1 miles. Drive past the Cedar Mountain turnoff and past the Hayden Arch Bridge entrance. There are two parking areas. The first is a large paved pull-out on the north side just past the bridge, and there’s also smaller gravel area on the south side, big enough for 3 or 4 cars. Access the Highway Boulders from the south side of the road. Head up the east side of the ridge to the gate. There will be a trail to the Fishhead Boulder.
There are no fees, no bathrooms and no water. Leashed dogs are permitted but remember you're close to the road and there are lots of rabbits to chase.