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Myrtle 2 aka "Turtle Arches"

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Myrtle 2 aka "Turtle Arches" Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 48.71382, -116.64845 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Boundary County Climbers on Jul 21, 2015
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Description 

A high quality 500-700 ft granite dome. Most climbs are east to south-east facing. Myrtle #2 (also known as Turtle Arches) is the smaller dome to the North along the Selkirk divide from the eye catching Myrtles Turtle dome. Glimpses of this granite playground can be had from a couple spots along myrtle creek road, and thru the trees at times along the two mouth lakes trail. (As of 2016 there is good views of the dome from the Myrtle Creek road around the 10 mile. Fall/winter logging along the road has taken care of the trees that used to block the view!) Logging in 2016 re-opened the first mile or so of the two mouth lakes trail into a gated logging road.

Getting There 

Turn off Hwy 95 in Bonners Ferry on Riverside street passing Kootenai River Brewing Company. Riverside street changes to Westside road 5 miles from town at the Wildlife Refuge. Drive North for another mile and a half. Take a left on the graveled Myrtle Creek Road (FS rd #633). Around 12 miles up Myrtle Creek road, in full view of the dome called myrtle's turtle, is the Two Mouth Lakes trailhead (Trail #268). Hike/bike up the old road/trail for about an hour (2.3 miles) until the trail flattens out in the slide creek basin. If you make it to hundreds of feet of boardwalk--go back 200 ft. At this point you will be even with the "turtle arches dome" to the west. Leave the hiking trail at the 3 large dead snags and log seats onto a modified game trail. Cross slide creek on logs/rocks. Stay just left (south) of the wetland bog, and continue west on good game trails until you are beside the dome. This is about 10-15 minutes (1/3 mile) walk from trail #268. Contour down left (south) below the approach slab.

Climbing Season



Weather station 18.5 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',4],['5.9',0],['5.10',4],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Myrtle 2 aka "Turtle Arches"

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Myrtle 2 aka "Turtle Arches":
Sweeney's Edge   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches, 350'   
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Featured Route For Myrtle 2 aka "Turtle Arches"
Rock Climbing Photo: The base of FJL and Sweeney's Edge

FJL aka "Standard Route" 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13  Idaho : North Idaho : ... : Myrtle 2 aka "Turtle Arche...
This is the route that inspired dozens of trips to the "arches" over the years! Multiple start options exist for the 1st 50m pitch. The left ramp is the easiest, yet still contains a runout slab traverse on small gear. The first ascentionists describe a fairly bold line directly up a seam/crack (R rated 5.9+) on small gear that leads to face climbing past 2 bolts (5.10-). The right start option climbs blocks and flakes, then "bear-hug" traverses left across and up a large hollow flake (don't pla...[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

Photos of Myrtle 2 aka "Turtle Arches" Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Grinning on the second ascent of Alpine Dance Less...
Grinning on the second ascent of Alpine Dance Less...
Rock Climbing Photo: airial topo photo
BETA PHOTO: airial topo photo
Rock Climbing Photo: route topo
BETA PHOTO: route topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Tucker leading the Harem Route
Tucker leading the Harem Route
Rock Climbing Photo: Tucker leading the Harem Route
Tucker leading the Harem Route
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo taken from Myrtle creek road.
BETA PHOTO: Photo taken from Myrtle creek road.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo taken from the myrtle creek road junction wi...
BETA PHOTO: Photo taken from the myrtle creek road junction wi...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from below the approach slab.
BETA PHOTO: View from below the approach slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: Myrtle #2 aka "Turtle Arches"
BETA PHOTO: Myrtle #2 aka "Turtle Arches"
Rock Climbing Photo: Myrtle #2 aka "Turtle Arches"
BETA PHOTO: Myrtle #2 aka "Turtle Arches"

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