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Areas in Dierkes Lake

Alcove, The 1 / 31 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 31
Hidden Cliff 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Left of the Alcove 4 / 8 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Little Italy 2 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
North Shore 4 / 11 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Prow, The 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Roman Wall 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Short Subject 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Skunk Cave 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Tall Cliffs 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 3,562 ft
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Description [Suggest Change]

Generally the sport routes at Dierkes are "way" steep and require powerful upper body muscles combined with good efficient foot work. The ominous hulking overhangs of the Alcove area rarely yield onsight ascents of the harder lines. Most of the sport routes at Dierkes fall into the 5.11 and above range with a few moderates mixed in. If there is a common denominator for the climbing here it is that most of the routes are "steep" and offer positive edges and holds. This combination makes for powerful climbing on routes with plenty of "air" or exposure.

For more info on the area including routes not covered on Mountain Project, get Dave Bingham's excellent "Idaho Underground" which is available at local climbing shops or online directly from Wolverine Press (follow link below). It also covers many other Idaho crags like The Fins, Shoshone Lave Tubes, etc

Idaho Underground by Dave Bingham

Getting There [Suggest Change]

From I-84 head south on highway 93 till you come to Falls Ave. aprox 4 miles. turn left and head east and follow the signs to Shoshone falls aprox 5 miles.

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Jason Chinchen
Bend, Oregon
Jason Chinchen   Bend, Oregon
The family and I went bouldering and swimming here yesterday, Great climbing and a lake for cliff jumping to boot! Really a nice place! Thanks for the effort. It would have been helpful if the climbs would have been broken up by cliff area. Jul 3, 2009
On my trip, this link was helpful too:

climbingtopos.tripod.com/di…

This is a great little climbing area and only about 30minutes from the Perrine Bridge. Dec 12, 2009
chad09
Fort Collins, CO
chad09   Fort Collins, CO
Stop by Elevation Sports on Blue Lakes Blvd for beta from local climbers. Dec 29, 2009
Dierke's is my local area and I love it! I've had a new guide to the area ready to print but haven't spent the time/money to print yet. Several other Idaho areas (ice caves, the channel, sun valley crags, the Fins, etc.)are included that have seen little press but are very worthy destinations.

Dierkes is a great little climbing area with excellent bouldering and about 70 (mostly sport) routes on vert to wildly overhanging rock. Dierkes is in the Snake River canyon, and owes it's unusual topography to the ice-age Bonneville flood, which carved numerous kettle ponds, crags, rimrock and boulders.Take a hike past the picnic /swimming area to check out hidden lake, Acid Lake, etc. etc.

If you are driving thru Idaho on I-84, take a short detour and check it out. You will dig it! Apr 8, 2010
BJ Sbarra
Carbondale, CO
BJ Sbarra   Carbondale, CO
Dave, that sounds like a really cool (and useful) guide book. So do you have plans to publish it?

Also, I thought the climbing here was super fun. Apr 8, 2010
vimeo.com/36232634


For some really good visual beta on this area watch this movie!

Kristopher Zigich Feb 8, 2012
valleytrash
Palmer, AK
valleytrash   Palmer, AK
I'll be driving through twin falls in about a week and Dierkes looks like a cool place to stop. Is there any free camping around here? Mar 2, 2015
Hey admin, As far as I know, Mark Weber's guide has been out of print for a long time. You can get a copy of my book "Idaho Underground" locally or online from Wolverine publishing. The book covers Dirks, lava tubes, Fins, etc, etc. Thank you. Nov 29, 2017
if anyone found a black coffee thermos with some random stickers on it, we lost it today at the prow. let me know if you find it and i will let you know how to get it back to us. Apr 15, 2018

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