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A sandstone mesa overlooking the city of Boise. Table Rock sports a large electric cross and is easy to find. The rock quality ranges from loose grit to bulletproof slabs depending on what area you are climbing in. In the summer get here early in the day as there is little cover from the sun. This is the most easily accessible bouldering area to Boise and sees a good deal of traffic in the peak climbing season, but there are enough areas that crowds seldom form. For more complete information on Table Rock climbs and other Boise area climbs check out "Boise Climbs" by Sandy Epeldi.

Note of caution to climbers looking to get on roped routes: a number of hangers and anchors have been removed over the years. Do not attempt to climb a route at Table Rock without first checking the hardware to ensure a safe experience.

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Getting There

To get to Table Rock follow Broadway Ave. north until you pass the hospital and the road curves left. If you are on State St. follow the road east until the road curves to the right. Reserve St. is the road jutting off of the curve here. Follow Reserve straight and it will curve up the hill and become Shaw Mountain Rd. Follow Shaw Mountain Rd to the top of the mesa where you will park.

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George Zack
Orting, WA
George Zack   Orting, WA
Seeking input from local climbers...

I climbed here for a day (my first time to Table Rock) about a month ago. Does anybody know what the prominent 5.10-ish, right-facing, tips to fingers dihedral is towards the far right end of the tall south-facing cliffs? I lead it onsight and resorted to using a meat anchor at the top to rap back down, as the only bolted anchor around was about 10' left. Is this supposed to be the anchor for this route??? If not, I would like to add an anchor at the top of the crack the next time I'm in Boise (possibly Jan. 2016), as it is a fun route and deserves one. I have the tools and experience to do it right, but don't want to violate any local 'ethics', so am asking here.

I was able to locate a picture of the route here: images.summitpost.org/origi… It is the shaded corner in the far left of the photo. Dec 27, 2015
Boise, ID
Wilburn   Boise, ID

Glad you had a fun time out there. A lot of those routes are holdovers from when golden days of Boise climbing. There is a moratorium on bolting in the area so sadly you won't be able to install anchors. Dec 29, 2015
Tim Chi
Renton, WA
Tim Chi   Renton, WA
Hello! I'm pretty new to the sport and I'm thinking about trying outdoor bouldering for the first time. I was driving through Boise and saw this. It seems like this is a good area with lots of V0-V3s. I just wanted the publics thoughts on this area for my first time bouldering. Also, I'm going through this area on 4/7 so if anyone is free, I would love some company!

Tim Mar 2, 2016
Boise, ID
Wilburn   Boise, ID
Tim glad you like the look of Table Rock. The general consensus is that Table Rock is sandbagged, so expect some struggling.

There are many more problems in the area that aren't listed here, but can be found in Sandy Epeldi's "Boise Climbs." The third edition is out of print though, so you may have to borrow or team up with someone. Another fun bouldering area is Swan Falls (basalt blocks about 1 hour away) and Reynolds Creek (sandstone boulders about 1 hour away). Check in with the climbers at the Asana Bouldering Gym and I bet you'll find someone who is going out there in the coming week. Mar 3, 2016
Old lady H
Boise, ID
Old lady H   Boise, ID
Hardware at Table Rock is old, and a lot of it pretty suspect. There are lots of easy walks down from the top, so if you are capable of rigging top rope anchors from cracks on top, that's a definite possibility.

The whole perimeter is easy to approach, with a variety of heights, so we have found spots to set up and practice quite a bit. It's nice to have a 6-12 ft. "climb" to try a top belay, or learn to clean anchors, or rappell... and it's straight off the parking lot, or a super short walk.

Because it is a mesa in a biggish city, and in the foothills, it is a popular year round mountain biking, hiking, walking, messing around area, adjacent to and part of, a really extensive trail system. You will have company, but it's never exactly crowded.

The new edition "Boise Climbs" is supposed to be out 2016, by latest rumors. Any of the locals will have one or two beat to pieces copies you can share when you come climb with us! :-)

George, your photo shows the Turtle Rock area. Turtle rock is the big one by itself in the middle. There are about five climbs on the cliff face there, from 5.9 to 12's. Apr 12, 2016
Ben May
San Diego, CA
Ben May   San Diego, CA
I've noticed that just about everywhere around Boise is covered in graffiti. Is there a big problem with these little bastards "tagging" around here? Aug 25, 2016