Elevation: 3,587 ft
GPS: 42.597, -114.391 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 39,046 total · 589/month
Shared By: C Hopwood on Mar 2, 2015
Admins: Eric Bluemn, Mike Engle

Description

Not exactly destination climbing but Dierkes is a hidden gem that's worth checking out! Especially in the winter. This is often the best and warmest place to climb for southern Idaho and Northern Utah during the bitterly cold winter months. The unwieldily nature of the current Dierkes page would be even more confusing if the boulder problems were added and so I am adding the bouldering as a separate page. Derkies contains hundreds of boulder problems, with potential for many more, as well as great overhung sport and trad climbing. For rope climbing, see mountainproject.com/area/11… The climbing is highly featured basalt and lends itself to incredibly unique holds with abundant huecos, pockets, jugs, crimps, pinches and slopers. Most current guidebook for roped and boulder routes is Idaho Underground by Dave Bingham. wolverinepublishing.com/sto…  He's also written the awesome guides for City of Rocks and Castle Rocks. Please support our local climbing community and buy his books; he has a new version of Idaho Underground coming out soon with lots of great new areas and routes.
*Google Maps actually has a street view for the main trail. You can "walk" through and look at many of the boulder problems there if you want. It passes the Kid Boulder, The Cube, all of the Stairs Right problems, and a few of the Stairs Left problems. You can also see some of the roped climbing areas.

Getting There

  • From I-84 E (Salt Lake/Pocatello), take exit 182 and turn left. After you cross the bridge, take your first R turn onto 3900 N. After 5 miles, turn R onto 3300 E and follow it straight into the canyon.
  • From I-84W (Boise) take the exit into Twin Falls. Proceed straight into town on the main drag (Blue Lakes) and turn left onto Falls Ave. Follow this out of town and after 3 miles you will see a sign for Shoshone Falls. Turn Left onto 3300 E and proceed into the canyon. Follow the signs for Dierkes Lake. The climbing is on the North Shore of the lake. A 5 minute approach.
  • During the summer, there is a $3/car entry fee. Cash only.

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