Slick Rock, located ~10 miles northeast of McCall, Idaho in the Lick Creek subrange of the Salmon River mountain range, offers one of the longest continuous technical rock routes in the state.
McCall, ID is aproximately 385 miles from Spokane, WA (5 hours). Follow Highway 55 into the town of McCall. Follow the road east to Ponderosa State Park (big green sign). Skirt around Payette Lake and the golf course. Follow Lake Drive until finding a gravel road that turns off to the right. The road runs past Little Payette Lake (Road #48 - Lick Creek Road).
Travel ~8 miles on Yellow Pine Road to a creek crossing. Camp there at primitive Lick Creek Campground (free). A beautiful stream runnning through the campground is a great water source, although purification is advised. Slick Rock is only 1-2 miles further, and is very obvious from the road. Park in the pull-out at the Slick Rock signpost. Cross the North Fork creek on the log jam and meander up the hillside to the base of Slick Rock (~15 minutes). The Regular Route starts almost directly beneath the summit.
REGULAR ROUTE Difficulty: II, 5.6Description: 10 long pitches. It can be done in in as few as 6 with simul-climbing and running pitches together. The leader should be very comfortable leading runout slab at 5.6 before starting up this climb.A series of jams, liebacks & stems are all found on this route. Size ranges from fingers / hands to chimney. Rock & Ice #50 (July / August 1992) features a topo and short article on page 112. DESCENT: walk off to the right of the summit. ...[more]Browse More Classics in ID