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Lion's Head Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,226'
Location: 48.7862, -116.71652 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Scott Coldiron on Oct 8, 2012
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Getting There 

32 miles (a little over an hour) from Coolin, ID, about 2 1/2 hrs from Spokane:
Take Hwy 2 North to Priest River, Idaho. Drive North on Hwy 57 (towards Coolin) for 22 miles and turn rt. on Dickensheet Hwy. Drive 5 miles to Coolin and turn rt. on East Shore Road/Cavanaugh Bay Road. Drive 22 miles to Lionshead Campground. Set your trip odometer to zero at the main entrance to Lion's Head campground. Continue past the campground for 4.1 miles and turn right onto Idaho State Forest Road #44 (small sign). At 6.6 miles, you will pass the intersection with road #43. Continue straight on 44. At 9.8 mi. you should get a pretty good view of Lion's Head straight ahead. At 10.2 mi. You will cross Abandon Creek and come to a T-junction. Park here, or turn right and drive the somewhat overgrown logging road for another 0.3 miles to a big switchback and park.

From the hairpin turn, follow the ATV trail Southeast until the flagged climbers path takes off uphill to the left (obvious- about a 5 minute walk). Follow the pink flagging. The trail will go steeply uphill for 15 minutes And don't miss the turn to the right.
Now follow the somewhat overgrown, but good climbers trail, it will trend right and uphill for about 15 more minutes, then contour more gently toward Lion's Head. The trail wil bring you to the bottom of the talus field below Lion's Head West Peak. Get your bearing here so you can find the trail upon your return (not so easy in the dark, but there are a few cairns and two large snags that make good landmarks). The Lion's Head trail is quite good, and the bushwacking is horrible, so if you can't see pink flagging at all times, backtrack until you find your last marker and try again.


On Lion's Head's imposing North Face lies the Inland Northwest's best technical alpine climb, Lion Tamer (5.10c, 6 pitches). It takes the obvious line of weakness up the middle of the face.
The South side has some easier stuff in the 5.4 to 5.8 range and there are also moderate climbs going up the East and West buttresses.

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Classic Climbing Routes in Lion's Head

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lion's Head:
Lion Tamer   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   
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Featured Route For Lion's Head
Rock Climbing Photo: Lion Tamer 5.10c with belay stations marked by x's

Lion Tamer 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  ID : Lion's Head
1. 55M. Start up the obvious 5.9 chimney. You will want to save a #.75, #1and #2 cam and a couple double slings for the traverse and pumpy roof exit at the top of this pitch. There is some loose rock here but the climbing is quite good and the gear is solid. When you reach the tough-looking flare chimney 30 feet before the roof, look for an escape out left, 20 feet of 5.10c climbing on slightly spooky flakes with good pro, then climb straight up to the roof. A pumpy underclin...[more]   Browse More Classics in ID

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