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Geographic Regions of Idaho

While Idaho is famous worldwide for potatoes, there is an abundance of quality climbing throughout the state some of which is world class like City of Rocks or Elephants Perch or newly on the radar, the Fins.

City of Rocks and its neighbor, Castle Rocks, are the main destinations for out-of-state climbers. Both feature fantastic cragging in a beautiful setting. More recently, the Fins , with it's high quality vertical limestone, is attracting a lot of interest from climbers due to the large number of stellar 5.12 through 5.14d routes.

Also of significant interest are the rest of The Sawtooth Range near Stanley, the limestome climbing near Riggins, and the basalt climbing of Massacre Rocks near American Falls.

There are many,many more excellent places to climb in the state worth a visit if you are in the area. You can find everything from high quality sport climbing, to multi-pitch trad, to wild wilderness adventures and often you'll have your adventure to yourself and your party!

For ease of navigation the state is divided into 5 regions. North Idaho (Sandpoint, Q'Emilin Park), West Idaho (McCall Area, Black Cliffs), Central Idaho (The Sawtooth Range, The Fins), South Idaho (City of Rocks, Dierkes Lake) and East Idaho (Massacre Rocks, Ross Park).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Idaho

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 215
Lost Arrow
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 600
Wheat Thin
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 511
Skyline
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 513
Rye Crisp
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 141
Mountaineer's Route
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 428
Bloody Fingers
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 317
Thin Slice
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 363
Tribal Boundaries
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 104
Redtail
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 106
The Drilling Fields
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 95
Terror of Tiny Town
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 118
Beware of Nesting Egos
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 175
Crack of Doom
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 124
She's the Bosch
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 91
Strategic Defense
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lost Arrow S Idaho > City of Rocks > Lost Arrow Spire
 215
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 2 pitches
Wheat Thin S Idaho > … > Elephant Rock > Elephant Rock - East
 600
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Skyline S Idaho > City of Rocks > Morning Glory Spire
 511
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Rye Crisp S Idaho > … > Elephant Rock > Elephant Rock - East
 513
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mountaineer's Route Central Idaho > Sawtooth Range > Elephant's Perch
 141
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Bloody Fingers S Idaho > … > Breadloaves > Super Hits - Bloody F…
 428
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Thin Slice S Idaho > … > Parking Lot Rock > Parking Lot Rock - No…
 317
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tribal Boundaries S Idaho > City of Rocks > Flaming Rock
 363
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Redtail S Idaho > … > Rabbit Rock > Rabbit Rock - Southwest
 104
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Drilling Fields S Idaho > … > Drilling Fields > Drilling Fields
 106
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Terror of Tiny Town S Idaho > City of Rocks > Buzzard Perch
 95
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Beware of Nesting Egos S Idaho > … > Elephant Rock > Elephant Rock - North
 118
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad
Crack of Doom S Idaho > City of Rocks > Morning Glory Spire
 175
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
She's the Bosch S Idaho > … > Window Rock > Window Rock - West
 124
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Strategic Defense S Idaho > City of Rocks > Morning Glory Spire
 91
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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bheller   SL UT
Here is copy of my letter- feel free to alter it a bit and get your voice heard!

Dear Friend,

As a long time outdoor enthusiast and rock climber I have been visiting and climbing at Massacre Rocks for the past decade. It is a relatively quiet, albeit excellent area for rock climbing. The individuals that equipped the climbing routes here invested countless hours and dollars into developing this area in to a regional treasure. Massacre hosts more basalt sport climbs than any other single destination in the world, as far as I'm aware. The unique features, geologic setting, and it's historical nature make it a favorite for climbers of all abilities. Please realize that there is a movement within our climbing commu nities to bring awareness to listing of Massacre on the National Register and the 30-day comment period. Please realize that I speak for at least hundreds of users in a multi-state area (Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana et al.), even if their voices are not to be heard in this short 30 day time-frame. My request is that Massacre remain open to the climbers and other user groups that cherish it.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely

Brad Heller Sep 1, 2011
Mike Engle
Pocatello, Idaho
Mike Engle   Pocatello, Idaho  
Hello Idaho Climbers,

There have been a number requests to re-organize the Idaho page on Mountain Project for easier and more intuitive navigation. I've been working on this off and on for a couple months and finally made the changes today.

I divided the state into 5 geographic regions - North Idaho (the Pan Handle - Sandpoint, Q-Emilin Park), West Idaho (Boise & McCall areas), Central Idaho (Sawtooths, the Fins), South Idaho (City of Rocks, Twin Falls area), and East Idaho (Massacre Rocks; Poky, IF and Driggs areas).

I approached the project by taking a map of Idaho and adding circles to the map for each climbing area on the Idaho page of Mountain Project. I sized the circles to represent the number of routes on Mountain Project. After completing this time consuming task it was relatively easy to divide the geographic regions. This working map of Idaho is on the Idaho main page on Mountain Project ( mountainproject.com/v/11296… ). In time, I will remove the climbing area circles leaving only the geographic regions.

Please review the regions and the relocation of the climbing areas to the new geographic regions. Look for mistakes and/or if you have a disagreement with where a particular area ended up. Small changes will be easy to make. Major changes (like re-defining the number of geographic regions will be more difficult). I am also looking for better/more text descriptions for each geographic region if you care to make suggestions.

Thanks for your review and input!

Mike Engle
Admin for Idaho May 26, 2017
Hey there-

Nice job on the organization, but there is one thing that is really confusing to me. Why is McCall area considered Western instead of central idaho? And where exactly is the seperating line between Western and Central Idaho? Does it follow a natural feature? This division isn't intuitive, IMO.

Did you group it this way more because the Boise climbers access this area more? Apr 8, 2018