Elevation: 3,043 ft
GPS: 43.53729, -116.0879
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Shared By: R Squared on Nov 12, 2007 · Updates
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Access Issue: Seasonal raptor closures - 1/31/23 update: East Car Body and Nixon Head are now closed for raptors. Details

Description

The Black Cliffs provide year round climbing if you don't mind being cold in the winter. Summer days are really hot so spring and fall tend to be the best times a the Black Cliffs. The rock is all basalt. Access is easy and the cliffs usually aren't crowded. The guidebook Boise Climbs by Sandy Epeldi is a great thing to have if you are going to be climbing the Black Cliffs; alternatively, Bingham's newest Idaho Underground has color photos and good descriptions of most (but not all) of the climbing areas there.

Getting There

Take Highway 84 to the Gowen Rd/Highway 21 exit. Take Highway 21 towards Lucky Peak. The cliffs will be on both sides of the river. Park in the parking lots and choose a trail up.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Black Cliffs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 61
Toddler
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 63
Little Nest
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 61
Fat Ankles
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 49
Nash-e-mun
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 71
Stems and Jammies
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 91
Sweet Adene
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 64
Almer Casile Memorial Buttress
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 55
White Wash
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 24
The Father
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 43
Perception vs. Reality
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 44
Circumciser
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 34
Pabst Smear
Trad, Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 25
Macabre Roof
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 33
Stone Tools
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 51
Bologna Pony
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Toddler Short Cliffs
 61
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Little Nest Populace Wall
 63
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Fat Ankles Mid Cliffs
 61
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Nash-e-mun Mid Cliffs
 49
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Stems and Jammies Populace Wall
 71
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Sweet Adene Populace Wall
 91
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Almer Casile Memorial Buttress Mid Cliffs
 64
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
White Wash Populace Wall
 55
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Father Mid Cliffs
 24
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Perception vs. Reality Populace Wall
 43
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Circumciser Tall Cliffs
 44
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Pabst Smear W Car Body Canyon
 34
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Macabre Roof E Car Body Canyon
 25
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Stone Tools New Fringe
 33
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Bologna Pony Short Cliffs
 51
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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