Cooke City Ice Conditions


Check here for conditions on routes on Baronette and Abiathar, Silver Gate, and Yellowstone Park.

"Quiet Please. I'm Alpine Mentoring" and other routes

Submitted by Doug Chabot on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:07

Bruce Miller (Boulder, CO), Rusty Willis and I went to Cooke City during the LOW avalanche danger on Fri/Sat Jan 25 and 26.  We climbed Marlboro Madness which was way fatter than the guidebook picture.  Great ice on first pitch and ran the next two together with a 70m rope.  The approach nor descent were pleasant.  We had skis (2hr 20min in); snowshoes would likely be no better.

Maybe a New Route? & General Conditions Report

Submitted by seth on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 21:30

Sam Hennessey and I spent a great couple days down in the cooke city area climbing some ice.  We climbed Triplet and found it to be a very enjoyable route and it is still in good shape, although the sun is starting to affect the first pitch a bit.  We agreed each pitch to be about WI4+, with the spectacular "crack pillar" pitch being the crux.

Silver Cord

Submitted by Pudner on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 23:49

 Anyone know how to get there before the road opens later on? I'd like to climb it, but would prefer to not wait until May for safety reasons. Honestly, I'm pretty unfamiliar with the park so I don't know where it's located but I've heard it would be difficult to reach. Know what map I should look for?  Approach via skis? Snowmobile (was told this is illegal)? foot? 

Just looking for adventure.

dancing with the hippo

Submitted by griff on Sun, 01/23/2011 - 15:19


trails broken and tracks are set to Dancin w the hippo. she's in great shape, still getting fresh feed on the upper half, but the column won't last forever.  the approach heads west past the hippo drainage gaining the rock band at the skull cave and traverses back on exposed ledges, be careful!  its possible and basically essential to skin all the way to the base.

Silver Cord Fatalities

Submitted by jimurl on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 11:07

I was sad and a little shocked to read this yesterday:…

Although I didn't know them, these guys sound like classic ice climber / adventurers, aiming to climb one of the spectacular climbs in a pretty remote part of the park. My condolences go out to everybody who climbed with them or knew them.

Let's be careful out there.

November 21 Conditions

Submitted by JoJo on Sat, 11/21/2009 - 21:54

Dana, Megan and I had a great day over by Cooke City today. Here is what we saw/found. Considering the warmish weather we've been having, it's going off over there!

The South Face of Abiathar (above the picnic area) has some drips but nothing is formed.

Marlboro Madness looked big, blue and FAT! There is a curtain to start that you can't see that is the crux but my educated guess is that it's pretty good. This is one of the best routes in the Cooke area and really only worth doing early season before too much snow. Which is NOW!