The Dark Side Rock Climbing
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This crag is host to a handful of nice sport and traditional routes on the south side of the Boise River, directly above the diversion dam. Facing NNE, the wall is sunny in the early morning and generally goes into the shade before noon.
From downtown Boise, head out Warm Springs Ave until its intersection with Highway 21. Rather than turning left to go up-river, turn right and drive ~1 mile up the hill on the highway, turning left into the Oregon Trail interpretive site. Keep an eye out for E Lake Forest Dr on the right hand side as it is directly across the road and makes for a good marker.
If coming from I-84, this intersection will be found a few miles down Highway 21 (Gowen Rd).
From here, approach as for Green Acres
, hiking close to the rim of the canyon, staying left when possible. It is roughly .75 mile to Green Acres
and the Dark Side can be found by hiking just a minute past it.
Climbing Season For the Black Cliffs area.
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Dark Side
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Dark Side:
Featured Route For The Dark Side
Wire Brush Hair Cut 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a ID
: Black Cliffs
: The Dark Side
This fine route begins with some interesting stemming and liebacking. After the second bolt, move up and right to the arete on big holds. The fourth bolt, which protects the crux, can be clipped from a nice stance. The crux itself is a neat boulder problem involving crimps, side pulling, and a tough move to a good right hand from which to clip the next bolt. From here, things ease up, but not too much as you're left pumped and pulling up to a strenuous mantel before finishing on a slightly runou...[more] Browse More Classics in ID
From: Cheyenne, WY
Jun 19, 2014
There is currently a large sign warning of unstable rock and telling people not to climb in this area or Green Acres.