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Stripe Rock

Idaho > S Idaho > City of Rocks
Warning Access Issue: (1) Weather Wall, Yellow Wall, & all the crags north of Twin Sisters are CLOSED. (2) No trash cans. (3) Highlining temporary ban in place for CIRO and CRSP DetailsDrop down

Description

Located in Circle Creek Basin, there are a couple of good routes here, along with one very good moderate 5.6/7 bolted climb. The walk into the rock is pleasant, and the remoteness guarantees privacy. The rock is east facing with plenty of shade trees at the base.

Getting There

Park at the Circle Creek Overlook Trailhead and walk straight down the trail/road for about a mile. The road loops at the end with Stripe Rock sitting directly in front of you the whole way.

Routes from Left to Right

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 30
Dike of Gastonia
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 19
Poly-Stick-Em
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 170
Cruel Shoes
Sport 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dike of Gastonia
 30
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 3 pitches
Poly-Stick-Em
 19
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
Cruel Shoes
 170
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 3 pitches

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We bivyed on top of Stripe Rock just for fun. What an amazing place to spend the night.
[Hide Photo] We bivyed on top of Stripe Rock just for fun. What an amazing place to spend the night.
Stripe Rock
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Stripe Rock
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Great view from the top!
[Hide Photo] Great view from the top!
Walking to Strip Rock with 40 plus years climbing partner Bryce Thatcher.  He's 58, me, only 68.
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Photo Vanessa Thatcher
[Hide Photo] Walking to Strip Rock with 40 plus years climbing partner Bryce Thatcher. He's 58, me, only 68. Photo Vanessa Thatcher
Stripe Rock
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Stripe Rock, East face.
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Up the face and into the mossy crack
[Hide Photo] Up the face and into the mossy crack
Up some 5.7 or 5.8 on Stripe Rock
[Hide Photo] Up some 5.7 or 5.8 on Stripe Rock
A view of Stripe Rock not too far to the East.  The "Phantom of the City" is in the foreground.  The right to left ramp at the top is "Crack a go-go"
[Hide Photo] A view of Stripe Rock not too far to the East. The "Phantom of the City" is in the foreground. The right to left ramp at the top is "Crack a go-go"

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RKM
Alpine, Utah and Almo, ID
[Hide Comment] Edit for clarification; 05/2020. You can downclimb from Cruel Shoes or Dikes by heading south down the low angle ridge line (with the Dolphin in your sight). At the first cliff out, go right (west) and down climb a flake just above a little tree. Head further down, staying on top of the ridge line, not going down and east to soon (climb up a little bulge, still headed south). Down climb a groove/chimney. Once you get within 20 feet of the ‘toe’ of the rock, pick your route of least resistance. A little west of a little tree. This all in case you should ever find yourself on top without a rope Nov 23, 2012
Ball
Oakridge, OR
[Hide Comment] I did not like RKM's beta for the downclimb. I guess I didn't find the right line? All I saw was a cliff out near a tree.

I ended up down-climbing the features on the north side until I got to a tree then downclimbed that. I wouldn't recommend this method unless you have really good route finding abilities. The second time I used this method a foot hold broke so watch out especially where water runs and always maintain 3 points. Jun 2, 2015