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Elevation: 2,519 ft 768 m
GPS: 43.2494, -116.3772
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Description Suggest change

Boulder fields of perfect basalt, and Swan Falls Dam, are found within the Snake River Birds of Prey Natural Area along the eastern banks of the Snake River. The area has no tree shade and can be climbed in Spring, Autumn, Winter or early Summer mornings, as the Eastern cliffs above the drainage block morning sun, even on the hottest of days. No crowds exist but occasional trash left by the thoughtless should inspire Leave No Trace travel by responsible climbers. Parents should know that this is a cub friendly climbing area and there are public restrooms near the Dam.

Getting There Suggest change

From Boise follow I-84 going West towards Nampa/Caldwell. Take the Kuna-Meridian (Exit 44) and turn left. Traveling South on Kuna-Meridian Rd (SR-69) the road will continue for about 8 miles and the road will turn into Avalon along a right bend in the road. Travel Avalon Rd until you reach Swan Falls Rd and turn left. Follow road until you descend the gorge towards Swan Falls Dam and the climbing fields below. Approach time is from 5-15 minutes from the car.

Camping

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Dispersed camping is available in the canyon, often within a stone's throw of classic problems. Sites have fire rings, and there are some pit toilets in addition to the main public restroom near the dam.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Swan Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 26
Black Slabbath
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 15
Hairpin Face
Boulder
V3 6A
 26
Flaky Sidepulls
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 4
Dark Fantasy
Boulder
V6- 7A
 8
Agra
Boulder
V6 7A
 26
Spice World Arete
Boulder
V6 7A
 19
Mondo Generator
Boulder
V6 7A
 15
Inbred
Boulder
V7 7A+
 7
Toro
Boulder
V7 7A+
 10
Surgery
Boulder
V7 7A+
 5
Follicle
Boulder
V7 7A+
 4
Mondola
Boulder
V8 7B
 8
California Love
Boulder
V8 7B
 9
Power Man
Boulder
V9 7C
 4
Death Proof
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Black Slabbath Black Slabbath Area
 26
V1 5 Boulder
Hairpin Face Hairpin Boulders
 15
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Flaky Sidepulls Black Slabbath Area
 26
V3 6A Boulder
Dark Fantasy Hairpin Boulders
 4
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Agra Taj Mahal
 8
V6- 7A Boulder
Spice World Arete Spice Girls Area
 26
V6 7A Boulder
Mondo Generator Mondo
 19
V6 7A Boulder
Inbred Inbred Boulder
 15
V6 7A Boulder
Toro Toro
 7
V7 7A+ Boulder
Surgery Black Slabbath Area
 10
V7 7A+ Boulder
Follicle Hairpin Boulders
 5
V7 7A+ Boulder
Mondola Mondo
 4
V7 7A+ Boulder
California Love Black Slabbath Area
 8
V8 7B Boulder
Power Man Black Slabbath Area
 9
V8 7B Boulder
Death Proof Promised Land
 4
V9 7C Boulder
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