Lower Fifth Canyon Rock Climbing
Another secluded canyon that doesn't see much travel. The rock is just as good as the rest of the area, it's just kind of a pain in the ass to get to.
Follow the wagon trail down the stairs and walk for nearly a mile, watch for the signs bolted to the rocks on the south side of the trail. Just past the sign for upper fifth you will see the sign for the lower fifth canyon, follow the trail down into the canyon and then bear right until you see the rocks.
Climbing Season For the Q'Emilin Park area.
Weather station 8.5 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Lower Fifth Canyon
Harquebus 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Idaho
: Q'Emilin Park
: Lower Fifth Canyon
Harquebus starts in a steep corner and will have you thinking right off the bat. You'll move onto the arete and find another crux in a corner just below the top. Moving to the last bolt is very spooky because you're moving over a bulge on slopers with your forearms flamed. Be aware that if you blow the last clip the fall has some nasty potential, but two climbers I know have whipped from here and threaded the needle and taken a clean fall right into the corner....[more] Browse More Classics in Idaho
By Scott Coldiron
From: Spokane, WA
Jun 24, 2009
I would argue that for the 5.10 climber, The Lower 5th has much better climbs than any of the walls up above. The climbs are more technical and quite a bit more interesting, I think, than any 5.10 on the Post Wall or Garden Wall. They are also a bit harder, as grade creep does not seem to have reached the Lower fifth yet.
The approach is nowhere near as long or arduous as I had thought. In less than 5 minutes from the Garden Wall you can be at the Lower 5th.
The trail is also quite good, with one or two short third-class sections.
From: North Idaho
Apr 7, 2012
I agree this is much truer to the grade than most within the park. That could cause a problem for those that think they can send 10's at Q' Emlin, then make it to the Lower Fifth. For example, a 10b at the Lower Fifth is more like a 10d on the other walls.