Face Canyon Rock Climbing
The remains of 'Happy Face' 5.11.
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This "canyon" is actually a slight depression in the cliffs about midway between Carbody and Scary canyons. The routes here seem long for the Black Cliffs, and there are many excellent looking crack and sport climbs to choose from.
As of December 2015, climbers are encouraged to use the Car Body Canyon parking lot to access Face Canyon due to erosional issues and a lack of a good highway pull-off. The E Car Body trail has a connector that has been improved; it breaks north just after meeting the cliff band near a couple of cairns.
Climbing Season For the Black Cliffs area.
Weather station 0.6 miles from here
16 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Face Canyon
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Face Canyon:
In Your Face 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For Face Canyon
In Your Face 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Idaho
: Black Cliffs
: Face Canyon
Enjoy the starting few easy moves to the first bolt, as they are the last you'll get. Sustained stemming and crimping on small but positive edges are the norm for the rest of the way up the face/corner. After you're nice and pumped from the small crimps on the first 2/3 of the route, the widely spaced jugs at the bulge may seem a bit harder to hang onto than they feel like they should. Once on top of the bulge positive edges and pockets take you up the slightly more than vertical finishing fa...[more] Browse More Classics in Idaho
West side of Face Canyon with the Boise River belo...
From: Boise, ID
Nov 10, 2013
Is it just me, or did the entire top half of the Happy Face column collapse since the writing of the Epeldi guide?
From: SL UT
Nov 13, 2013
Its not just you, the happy face column crashed down in spring of 2004 I believe... certainly eerie to see it shattered at the base with bolts and hangers visible in freshly created talus blocks! I had climbed it the season before it came down.
Dec 20, 2015
Climbers are encouraged to use the Car Body Canyon parking lot to access Face Canyon due to erosional issues and a lack of a good highway pull-off. The E Car Body trail has a connector that has been improved; it breaks north just after meeting the cliff band near a couple of cairns. Heads up for poison ivy.