Rock Springs Buttress

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Featuring roughly 50 routes in an unbeatably beautiful wilderness setting, Rock Springs Buttress is a great place to climb on generally good granite rock.

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Scott O'Brien


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Destination Distance From Downtown

20.7 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

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Half day to Full-day.


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Not Recommended

Fees Permits


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Rock Springs Buttress



Rock Springs Buttress, above the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, offers some the best alpine rock climbing in the area on 56 plus routes. The alpine granite is generally pretty good!

What Makes It Great

If you have a full day to climb bring plenty of draws, a standard trad rack, and possibly two ropes (70m rope and helmet strongly encouraged). Do it for Doug (5.10), Guides Route (a.k.a. Tolle Road, 5.8), and Exum Arete (5.9+) are just a few of the many quality routes. 

Acquiring a well written guide for this area in mandatory.

Routes at Rock Springs are often close together and in some cases share the same starts or anchors. Routes range from 5.7 to 5.13.

Rock Springs Buttress is in the sun for most of the day except for early morning. The slightly higher elevation is typically cooler than the valley floor but still can be on the warm side during mid summer. As many of the routes are multi-pitch it's a good idea to bring a water bottle with you on many of the climbs.

Also, look out for the marmots--they'll chew up your shoes, packs, and food if left scattered around!

Who is Going to Love It

For those that love to climb single and multi-pitch trad, sport, or a mix of both in a wilderness setting.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Drive to Teton Village, and either pay to take the tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and hike down (about 30 minutes) or hike up 1.5+hrs from the base of the ski area. Hikers will want to start on the paved McCollister Road towards the Union Pass lift, until the road dead ends. A small trail on the left will lead you to a service road. Turn left there and follow the road until it eventually turns into a steep trail, which leads to the buttress. 


Rock Springs Buttress

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Teton Village, WY, 83025
43.5877, -110.87

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