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Harkness Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Cory Berkebile on Jan 13, 2012
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A quarter mile long limestone band that ranges from 30ft to 250ft at its tallest point. It has a long approach (1 to 2 hours) but it is well worth it. The rock quality is good and the views are even better. With the area being more remote, it has an apline feel to it. There are no topos for the climbs and the ratings are ballparked. You just walk the base and look for bolts. I will give descriptions of climbs as they are developed.

Getting There 

Follow the travel map provided.

From McAmmon travel east past the truck stops and Subway sandwich shop. Go over the bridge and take the first left and then an immediate right on Harkness road. Follow the road up the canyon. After it turns to dirt keep driving until you see a public land sign. Slow down and start looking for a "Boundary Trail" sign on your right. Once located pull off on the shoulder and hike the trail heading south. Follow the ATV trail until you reach a saddle at the south end of the wall. Contour north and look for a climber trail that leads to the base of the wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Mar-Kiss of Death 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Idaho : East Idaho : ... : Harkness Canyon
The route is 35m of perfectly featured limestone. The holds are there but subtle and sloping the entire way. The crux is balancing through the delecate slopy moves from clip to clip. The route is wright at 90 degrees, so power won't help you on this one.Must have a 70m rope to get off this or take to two ropes up....[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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By Matt TeNgaio
Jun 30, 2014
Hey Cory., I've been up to Harkness a few times in the past 2 years scoping stuff out. Pretty decent stuff. The approach sucks but the stone seems quite good in a lot of spots. Any chance the land owner at the end of the road would be willing to let hikers access the crag via the drainage that heads straight up to the saddle?

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