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Shoshone Lava Tubes

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Shoshone Lava Tubes Rock Climbing 


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Description 

As you drive north of Shoshone Idaho along highway 75 you would think that there is no climbing whatsoever for miles and miles. The landscape looks like flat lava rock with some sagebrush growing on it. What you fail to realize however is that the lava flow that you are driving over left a series of lava tubes that have collapsed in sections and remained in tact in other sections. A couple of these lava tubes can be toured for a fee of around $10 per person, but as a climber, you're probably more interested in the collapsed sections that have left awesome cave features just below ground level that can be climbed. Currently there are two developed collapsed lava tubes in this area, but there may be room for further development as well.

Getting There 

From Shoshone, ID, head north on Idaho highway 76 for 15 to 16 miles. The two developed collapsed lava tubes can be found just east of the highway in this area. For directions to the individual caves see their respective area descriptions.

Climbing Season



Weather station 12.0 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',2],['5.12',6],['5.13',1],['>=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 Shoshone Lava Tubes

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shoshone Lava Tubes:
Churning in the Choss   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   The "Little" Cave
Telache   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   The "Little" Cave
The Frog   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   The "Little" Cave
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Featured Route For Shoshone Lava Tubes

Sour Grapes 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  Idaho : South Idaho : ... : The "Little" Cave
Crimpy start and bad feet to a little throw. Then hit the crux. Finish on same anchors as Dirty Sheets....[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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By D.A. LeBaron
From: Grantsville,UT
Aug 9, 2016
Please add more routes!!
By CHopwood
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 2, 2017
Guidebook: "Idaho Underground" by Dave Bingham.
By Smiles Smiley
From: Provo, Utah
Aug 4, 2017
Does the guidebook "Idaho Underground" have all the bouldering also? I read in Rock and Ice that there are over 100 boulder problems in this area.

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