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While Idaho is famous worldwide for potatoes, there is an abundance of quality climbing throughout the state some of which is world class like City of Rocks or Elephants Perch or newly on the radar, The Fins.

City of Rocks and its neighbor, Castle Rocks, are the main destinations for out-of-state climbers. Both feature fantastic cragging in a beautiful setting. More recently, The Fins, with it's high quality vertical limestone, is attracting a lot of interest from climbers on the circuit due to the large number of stellar 5.12 through 5.14d routes.

Also of interest are The Sawtooth Range near Stanley, the limestome climbing near Riggins, and the basalt climbing of Massacre Rocks near American Falls.

There are many more climbing areas in the state worth a visit if you are in the area.

For ease of navigation the state is divided into 5 regions. North Idaho (Sandpoint, Q'Emilin Park), West Idaho (McCall Area, Black Cliffs), Central Idaho (Sawtooth Range, The Fins), South Idaho (City of Rocks, Dierkes Lake) and East Idaho (Massacre Rocks, Ross Park).

Rock Climbing Photo: Geographic Regions of Idaho
Geographic Regions of Idaho

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2,654 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',186],['3 Stars',1015],['2 Stars',958],['1 Star',318],['Bomb',12]
['<=5.6',78],['5.7',138],['5.8',223],['5.9',287],['5.10',705],['5.11',445],['5.12',246],['5.13',54],['>=5.14',5],['',0],['<=V1',153],['V2-3',62],['V4-5',78],['V6-7',57],['V8-9',17],['V10-11',4],['V12-13',3],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Idaho

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Idaho:
Theater of Shadows   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 4 pitches, 500'   City of Rocks : Steinfell's Dome
Wheat Thin   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Elephant Rock : Elephant Rock - East
Lost Arrow   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   City of Rocks : Lost Arrow Spire
Skyline   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   City of Rocks : Morning Glory Spire
Open Book   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   The Sawtooth Range : Finger of Fate
Rye Crisp   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Elephant Rock : Elephant Rock - East
Too Much Fun   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 150'   City of Rocks : Bumblie Rock
Batwings   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Parking Lot Rock : Parking Lot Rock - West
Mountaineer's Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   The Sawtooth Range : The Elephant's Perch
Bloody Fingers   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Breadloaves : Super Hits - Bloody Fingers
Thin Slice   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Parking Lot Rock : Parking Lot Rock - Northeas...
Tribal Boundaries   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   City of Rocks : Flaming Rock
Colossus   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Bath Rock : Bath Rock - West
Myopia   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches   The Sawtooth Range : The Elephant's Perch
Terror of Tiny Town   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 90'   City of Rocks : Buzzard Perch
Beware of Nesting Egos   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Elephant Rock : Elephant Rock - North
Direct Beckey   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches   The Sawtooth Range : The Elephant's Perch
Strategic Defense   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   City of Rocks : Morning Glory Spire
Crack of Doom   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   City of Rocks : Morning Glory Spire
She's the Bosch   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 120'   Window Rock : Window Rock - West
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Featured Route For Idaho
Rock Climbing Photo: The Animal Cracker

Animal Cracker 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Idaho : City of Rocks : Animal Cracker Rock
Animal Cracker is the prominent flake leading into an offwidth on the Southwest side of Animal Cracker Rock. Start up the finger crack in the flake, traverse a bit right to a hand crack, then follow the flake up and right. Finally grunt up the offwidth through a roof to a set of chain anchors. Rap from here or continue for another pitch.Pitch 2 angles left into a hand crack. Climb this, which seams up quickly for a runout, yet easy finish on jugs to the top of the formation...[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful Idaho
Beautiful Idaho
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing at Chimney Rock-Climber, Dave Evans.
Climbing at Chimney Rock-Climber, Dave Evans.
Rock Climbing Photo: Geographic Regions of Idaho
BETA PHOTO: Geographic Regions of Idaho
Rock Climbing Photo: Kyle T atop Mt. Borah after climbing the N. Face (...
Kyle T atop Mt. Borah after climbing the N. Face (...
Rock Climbing Photo: Welcome to Idaho!
Welcome to Idaho!
Rock Climbing Photo: Cam Burns en route to Chimney Rock, Idaho, in 1991...
Cam Burns en route to Chimney Rock, Idaho, in 1991...
Rock Climbing Photo: Top secret lava tube in the desert.
Top secret lava tube in the desert.

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By bheller
From: SL UT
Sep 1, 2011
Here is copy of my letter- feel free to alter it a bit and get your voice heard!

Dear Friend,

As a long time outdoor enthusiast and rock climber I have been visiting and climbing at Massacre Rocks for the past decade. It is a relatively quiet, albeit excellent area for rock climbing. The individuals that equipped the climbing routes here invested countless hours and dollars into developing this area in to a regional treasure. Massacre hosts more basalt sport climbs than any other single destination in the world, as far as I'm aware. The unique features, geologic setting, and it's historical nature make it a favorite for climbers of all abilities. Please realize that there is a movement within our climbing commu nities to bring awareness to listing of Massacre on the National Register and the 30-day comment period. Please realize that I speak for at least hundreds of users in a multi-state area (Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana et al.), even if their voices are not to be heard in this short 30 day time-frame. My request is that Massacre remain open to the climbers and other user groups that cherish it.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely

Brad Heller
By Mike Engle
Administrator
From: Pocatello, Idaho
May 26, 2017
Hello Idaho Climbers,

There have been a number requests to re-organize the Idaho page on Mountain Project for easier and more intuitive navigation. I've been working on this off and on for a couple months and finally made the changes today.

I divided the state into 5 geographic regions - North Idaho (the Pan Handle - Sandpoint, Q-Emilin Park), West Idaho (Boise & McCall areas), Central Idaho (Sawtooths, the Fins), South Idaho (City of Rocks, Twin Falls area), and East Idaho (Massacre Rocks; Poky, IF and Driggs areas).

I approached the project by taking a map of Idaho and adding circles to the map for each climbing area on the Idaho page of Mountain Project. I sized the circles to represent the number of routes on Mountain Project. After completing this time consuming task it was relatively easy to divide the geographic regions. This working map of Idaho is on the Idaho main page on Mountain Project ( mountainproject.com/v/11296084... ). In time, I will remove the climbing area circles leaving only the geographic regions.

Please review the regions and the relocation of the climbing areas to the new geographic regions. Look for mistakes and/or if you have a disagreement with where a particular area ended up. Small changes will be easy to make. Major changes (like re-defining the number of geographic regions will be more difficult). I am also looking for better/more text descriptions for each geographic region if you care to make suggestions.

Thanks for your review and input!

Mike Engle
Admin for Idaho

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