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Elevation: 3,257 ft 993 m
GPS: 43.50712, -116.09025
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Shared By: R Squared on Nov 12, 2007 · Updates
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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
 81
Stems and Jammies
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 107
Sweet Adene
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
The Father
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 13
Surf's Up
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 41
Pabst Smear
Trad, Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 27
Macabre Roof
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 10
The Garden
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 53
Bologna Pony
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 18
The Throb
Trad, Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
Lights Out
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 27
Unknown Leon
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 24
[Redacted]
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 7
Nemesis
Trad, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 4
Chasin'-a-Snake
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Wire Brush Hair Cut
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Stems and Jammies Populace Wall
 81
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Sweet Adene Populace Wall
 107
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Father Mid Cliffs
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Surf's Up Face Canyon
 13
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Pabst Smear W Car Body Canyon
 41
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Macabre Roof E Car Body Canyon
 27
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
The Garden Green Acres
 10
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Bologna Pony Short Cliffs
 53
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Throb W Car Body Canyon
 18
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport
Lights Out Face Canyon
 15
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Unknown Leon Short Cliffs
 27
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
[Redacted] Tall Cliffs
 24
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Nemesis W Car Body Canyon
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad, TR
Chasin'-a-Snake Dark Side
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Wire Brush Hair Cut Dark Side
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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