Face Canyon Rock Climbing
The remains of 'Happy Face' 5.11.
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This "canyon" is actually a slight depression in the cliffs about midway between Carbody and Scary canyons. The routes here seem long for the Black Cliffs, and there are many excellent looking crack and sport climbs to choose from.
As of December 2015, climbers are encouraged to use the Car Body Canyon parking lot to access Face Canyon due to erosional issues and a lack of a good highway pull-off. The E Car Body trail has a connector that has been improved; it breaks north just after meeting the cliff band near a couple of cairns.
Climbing Season For the Black Cliffs area.
Weather station 0.6 miles from here
16 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Face Canyon
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Face Canyon:
In Your Face 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For Face Canyon
Lights Out 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c ID
: Black Cliffs
: Face Canyon
Starts out with easy stemming to the high first bolt, then goes left onto the arete for the rest of the way. One hard move passing the first bolt is followed up with fun jug pulling for the next couple bolts. After the third bolt the business begins, with fun crimps and sidepulls the rest of the way....[more] Browse More Classics in ID
West side of Face Canyon with the Boise River belo...
From: Boise, ID
Nov 10, 2013
Is it just me, or did the entire top half of the Happy Face column collapse since the writing of the Epeldi guide?
From: SL UT
Nov 13, 2013
Its not just you, the happy face column crashed down in spring of 2004 I believe... certainly eerie to see it shattered at the base with bolts and hangers visible in freshly created talus blocks! I had climbed it the season before it came down.
Dec 20, 2015
Climbers are encouraged to use the Car Body Canyon parking lot to access Face Canyon due to erosional issues and a lack of a good highway pull-off. The E Car Body trail has a connector that has been improved; it breaks north just after meeting the cliff band near a couple of cairns. Heads up for poison ivy.