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Dierkes Lake Bouldering Rock Climbing 

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Location: 42.59666, -114.39056 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: CHopwood on Mar 2, 2015
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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 Most current guidebook for roped and boulder routes is Idaho Underground by Dave Bingham. The climbing is highly featured basalt and lends itself to incredibly unique holds with abundant huecos, pockets, jugs, crimps, pinches and slopers.
  • 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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

89 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',40],['Bomb',0]

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Photos of Dierkes Lake Bouldering Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo: A) Alcove South Area B) Stairs Left Area C) ...
BETA PHOTO: Topo: A) Alcove South Area B) Stairs Left Area C) ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The main boulder area, viewed from the Alcove.
BETA PHOTO: The main boulder area, viewed from the Alcove.

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By valleytrash
From: Palmer, AK
Mar 3, 2015
Is there camping at this area?
By CHopwood
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 3, 2015
There is not camping at this area. It is a part of a city park and is closed at night. There are several for pay campgrounds within 5 miles (KOA type etc) as well as the city of Twin Falls (population 50,000) with all the amenities you could ever want.
By Tim Chi
Mar 31, 2016
I'll be bouldering outdoors for the first time here next week. Any thoughts on this being a good place for a first-timer? I've topped out at V4 in the gym but I hear bouldering outside is a whole different beast!
By Garrett C
From: SL,UT
Nov 4, 2016
Not sure why this place doesn't get more love. Sure its no Joe's Valley and you wont get famous here, but there is a pretty high concentration of fun easier problems. Landings are all pretty great. Pretty fun little area, and one of the better bouldering areas I have found in Idaho.

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