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Routes in Palisades Creek

9Cow Wife S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Ages of You S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Backscratcher S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Choss Choking Hoss S 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Chupacabra S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Easy Street S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Grovel Road S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Hoss, Moss, and Chaos S 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Kaya S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Quart of Blood Technique S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Sasquatch S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Toys in the Attic S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Elevation: 5,480 ft
GPS: 43.389, -111.227 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Sam Miller on Aug 18, 2012 with updates
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Palisades creek is a truly wonderful place to visit. The hike alone is amazing. Two climbing sectors exist, about 200 yards apart, The Pines and Weeping Cave. Both areas are comprised of very decent limestone located about 2 miles from the trail head. Beautiful settings, seclusion, and great climbs for intermediate to expert climbers make for an amazing crag!

Getting There

From Idaho Falls, head east on highway 26 past Swan Valley and Irwin. Turn left on Palisades Creek Road. Follow this road past the campground (about 2 miles) and park at the last parking lot. Hike about 2 miles up the trail that parallels the creek. When you cross the bridge you're about half way (not the bridge at the parking area obviously). The crags are both located on the left side of the trail. Look for smaller trails that leave main trail. The first area is the Pines. The second and larger area is the Weeping Cave. The Weeping Cave trail is more worn and this rock is easier to see from the main trail. The Pines area is harder to see from the trail, but it is located about 200 yards down canyon from the Weeping Cave up a faint trail.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Palisades Creek

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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Easy Street
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Grovel Road
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
9Cow Wife
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Toys in the Attic
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Easy Street 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Kaya 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Grovel Road 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
9Cow Wife 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Toys in the Attic 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Jaren Watson
Boise, Idaho
Jaren Watson   Boise, Idaho
It would be better if The Pines was listed as a separate area to avoid confusion. Weeping Cave saw route development several years earlier than when Dean and Heather Lords and I developed the Pines, along with Riley Rollins and Stephen Elmer.
Though, a couple of final routes did go in at Weeping Cave at roughly the same time.

By the way, Dean always called the warmup left of the headwall 5.9, though I imagine a 5.9 climber will find the climb to be a bit stiff for the grade. :) Jun 23, 2017
over here
goingUp   over here
separated from the main section of the weeping wall is a crack in a dihedral 30 feet to the right. There are two more climbs over here, 5.easy and the one on the right 5.10. The rock is sharp. Two cruxes, right off the ground an 3/4. Bolts to chains. Oct 3, 2016
over here
goingUp   over here
To get here, drive all the way to the end of the pine creek road.... keep going the road ends in the parking lot, you cant miss it.
The hike in is about 2 miles, the bridge is half way. once you cross the scree field (the trail continues through with a large scree field on the left, the end of which has a big-scree-gully on the left, you continue about 200 more yards and the pines trail (very faint) leaves to the left- we put a small Cairn there. and you cannot see the climbs from the main trail.. if you miss this or are trying to get to the Weeping Cave. continue another 200 yards and you cant miss the Weeping Wall train, we put a small cairn here as well with a slightly larger one just off the trail.

As far as I could tell, "ages of you" and "Toys in the Attic" are the only two routes listed here that are at the pines. there are a handful of other routes over there including a super mellow 5.easy to the far left.
The rest of the listed routes on here are over at the weeping wall. along with two others to the far right side, with what looks like plenty of room for more development. Sep 6, 2016

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