Elevation: 6,554 ft
GPS: 42.078, -113.724 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Access Issue: (1) Weather Wall, Yellow Wall, & all the crags north of Twin Sisters are CLOSED. (2) No trash cans. Details

Description

City of Rocks is a mecca of climbing, just over the Utah/Idaho border in rural Idaho. Varnished and pocketed granite is the name of the game here. The granite ages with an iron based varnish on it and when the varnish wears through, it forms pockets that wear faster than the varnish. The result is pockets with edges or just edges. The majority of the routes have mixed protection, so caution or knowledge is required as the bolts may stop halfway up the route.

Camping is permitted in City of Rocks in developed sites. Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance. The town of Almo has the nearest refreshments and food at the Almo Creek Outpost as well as Rock City.

The history here is rich and deserves mentioning. The City of Rocks went by many names early on; Goblin City, Chapel Rocks, Pyramid Circle, and Ancient City were just a few of the monikers that were utilized by the early emigrants. They came through the area on their way to California for a better life, and the rock formations that take on many shapes and figures were a perfect landmark for them to use. As more and more of them came through they left their mark on some of the formations with axle grease.

The climbing history essentially began with the Steinfell Club in the early 1960's. As climbing grew in popularity so too did the impact of climbers. To preserve the nature and resources of the area, the NPS enacted strict rules on the bolting of new routes and also closed certain areas to climbing.

Getting There

From Boise (Seattle, Portland, etc): Heading east on I-84 from Boise, take exit 216 to Declo. Continue South on highway 77 through Declo and Albion. Once at the Conner Creek Junction, (a T intersection at a stop sign), turn right and go west, continuing through Elba and Almo. The road leading to City of Rocks is to the right just after passing the park’s visitor center in Almo.

From Pocatello (Jackson, Bozeman, etc): Heading west on I-86, take I-84 south for 4 miles and take Highway 81 to Malta. From Malta turn right and follow Highway 77 going West. Pass through Conner Creek Junction (continue straight), Elba and Almo. The road leading to City of Rocks is to the right just after passing the park’s visitor center in Almo.

From Salt Lake City: Head North on I-15 until Tremonton. Travel onto I-84 near Tremonton, and head northwest on I-84 towards Twin Falls/Boise. Seventy five miles after Tremonton, take exit 245 and turn left to follow Sublett road heading west into Malta. From Malta turn right and follow Highway 77 going West. Pass through Conner Creek Junction (continue straight), Elba and Almo. The road leading to City of Rocks is to the right just after passing the park’s visitor center in Almo.

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Classic Climbing Routes at City of Rocks

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 227
Lost Arrow
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 623
Wheat Thin
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 532
Skyline
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 533
Rye Crisp
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 451
Bloody Fingers
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 332
Thin Slice
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 379
Tribal Boundaries
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 412
Colossus
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 115
Redtail
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 113
The Drilling Fields
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 99
Terror of Tiny Town
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 126
Beware of Nesting Egos
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 184
Crack of Doom
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 129
She's the Bosch
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 97
Strategic Defense
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lost Arrow Lost Arrow Spire
 227
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 2 pitches
Wheat Thin Elephant Rock > Elephant Rock - East
 623
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Skyline Morning Glory Spire
 532
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Rye Crisp Elephant Rock > Elephant Rock - East
 533
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Bloody Fingers Breadloaves > Super Hits - Bloody F…
 451
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Thin Slice Parking Lot Rock > Parking Lot Rock - No…
 332
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tribal Boundaries Flaming Rock
 379
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Colossus Bath Rock > Bath Rock - West
 412
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Redtail Rabbit Rock > Rabbit Rock - Southwest
 115
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Drilling Fields Drilling Fields > Drilling Fields
 113
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Terror of Tiny Town Buzzard Perch
 99
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Beware of Nesting Egos Elephant Rock > Elephant Rock - North
 126
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad
Crack of Doom Morning Glory Spire
 184
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
She's the Bosch Window Rock > Window Rock - West
 129
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Strategic Defense Morning Glory Spire
 97
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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