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Lion's Head Rock Climbing 

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Location: 42.0917, -113.6982 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: grk10vq, WAGbag, Mike Engle, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jason Halladay on Jun 12, 2011
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The Lion's Head is a nice, secluded wall in the inner city that just has a nice vibe to it. Not only that, it has some high quality 5.10 climbing to offer visitors. The routes that we climbed are on the west side so the climbing is shady in the morning with afternoons sun.

The main attraction are the two pitch routes Hakuna Matada and Lion of Judah. Despite the fact that they are two pitches, they aren't that long. It just makes sense to break up the routes into two pitches on account of the nice belay scoop/ledge about 60 feet up.

Getting There 

Park at the new Circle Creek Overlook parking and take the trail west past a couple of cattle gates. Follow signs for the Geowatt formation. Once at Geowatt, head around Geowatt to the west to the next major formation just west of Geowatt. This is Lion's Head. The climbing routes are on the formation's west side.

An alternative approach is to hike the inner city trail to just even with the Building Blocks. Turn hard right and follow a series of small drainages north to the Lion's Head.

Approach time is about 15 minutes. The Lion's Head formation is about a mile from the new Circle Creek Overlook parking.

Climbing Season

For the City of Rocks area.

Weather station 14.7 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Lion's Head

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lion's Head:
Lion of Judah   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 110'   
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Featured Route For Lion's Head
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up the first pitch of the two routes, Haku...

Lion of Judah 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Idaho : City of Rocks : Lion's Head
Another fun two-pitch route up the center of the formation, Lion of Judah shares the first nice 5.9 pitch of Hakuna Matada but heads up the right side of the upper headwall on similar cool patina holds but at a more moderate grade. Climb the fine first pitch of Hakuna Matada past seven bolts to a bolt and chain anchor on the face. While it's fine to anchor here, it's a lot more comfortable to continue up another 10 feet to the scoop/ledge and a single bolt belay below the upper headwall. From th...[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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