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Slick Rock

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Slick Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,894'
Location: 44.95018, -115.94934 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: JacobD on Aug 21, 2007
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Slick Rock, located ~10 miles northeast of McCall, Idaho in the Lick Creek subrange of the Salmon River mountain range, offers one of the longest continuous technical rock routes in the state. Slick Rock is a huge face of quality granite. With the most central part up to the top being about 1200 feet.

Getting There 

From McCall, ID, follow the road east to Ponderosa State Park (big green sign). Skirt around Payette Lake and the golf course. Follow Lake Drive until finding a gravel road that turns off to the right. The road runs past Little Payette Lake (Road #48 - Lick Creek Road).

Travel ~8 miles on Yellow Pine Road to a creek crossing. Camp there at primitive Lick Creek Campground (free). A beautiful stream running through the campground is a great water source, although purification is advised. Slick Rock is only 1-2 miles further, and is very obvious from the road. Park in the pull-out at the Slick Rock signpost. Cross the North Fork creek on the log jam and meander up the hillside to the base of Slick Rock (~15 minutes). The Regular Route starts almost directly beneath the summit.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.2 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Slick Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Slick Rock:
Regular Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   
Memorial Route (aka Caudill Queen King Route *original name*)   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 9 pitches, 1000'   
Scenic Traction   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, 7 pitches, 1100'   
Slippery Slope   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 800'   
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Regular Route 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  Idaho : West Idaho : ... : Slick Rock
Can be pitched out however you want. I've done it in 10 pitches and I've also done it in 6 with a 70m rope to it's full capacity on every pitch. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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Rock Climbing Photo: Slickrock - Regular and Memorial routes
BETA PHOTO: Slickrock - Regular and Memorial routes
Rock Climbing Photo: A sea of granite!
A sea of granite!
Rock Climbing Photo: The crux of the downclimb, a loose but easy chimne...
The crux of the downclimb, a loose but easy chimne...

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By jhump
Sep 10, 2008
Does anyone know of any history of climbing on the large granite walls to the right of the main Slickrock formation?

By Shapp
May 31, 2012
About 7 or 8 years ago, on the far right side of slick rock proper one can see 2 prominant huge cracks at the top 1/3 of the crag. We climbed a route more or less staight up from the bottom to these double cracks then up to the top via the left crack, leaving no fixed gear but passing some slings and couple fixed stoppers. It was in the 5.7 range or so, full standard rack to 5" and double ropes were handy. I know we were not the first on this line.
By Duane z
From: Cascade, ID
Jul 4, 2012
Does anyone know where I can get a topo of slick rock routes?
By JacobD
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 25, 2012
Visitors center at Ponderosa State Park has topos in a folder at the visitors center. I know because I put them there, and I bet they are still there!
By Brad Winters
Aug 3, 2012
how about uploading a scan of that slick rock topo !
By Patrick Betts
Oct 22, 2013
No topo at the Ponderosa State Park VC, The National Forest office in town or Gravity Sports as of 10/22/13. An upload would be great.
By K Baumgartner
Oct 30, 2013
As of 25 Oct 13, the Ponderosa State Park was closed. Gravity Sports provided us a topo for the Regular Route after asking nicely.

Key piece of beta for the regular route is to find the short left facing corner. Send it, work your way up and right, look for a pod and the shuts or bypass them and move back left (extremely run out), and the up to build a belay near the small pine tree.
By Neil Crowson
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 3, 2014
I think the term run out or R is used way to loosely in this area. I thought the memorial route was extremely overbolted. And very soft for 5.8. (Not that the grade matters) if you are looking to move over a lot of rock in McCall don't be intimitaded by the slick rock. PS IMO, 90 % of these bolts are redundant as the face could protect naturally with healthy run outs over easy (5.5) terrain. Not to mention that these bolts could be used in more development further up the road!
By Idaho Bob
From: McCall, ID
Jun 4, 2015
No need to downclimb the steep part of the walkoff gully (see picture). From tree with rap slings follow faint trail left (west). A short bit of 4th class downclimbing leads to the base of gully below rap tree.
By Jess VanderBoon
Jun 8, 2017
Just up there this morning. River washed out the log jam, it was unsafe to cross at normal spot. You could drive another mile up road and bushwhack after bridge I think. There seemed to be too much snow for walk off, but can't say for sure..
By Trevor.
From: Boise, ID
Jul 2, 2017
The log jam at the creek crossing changed this winter with the high runoff flows, and is now a bit sketchier than in the past. While walking across the single log bridges to the main log jam is tempting, one of them cracked loudly under my weight, and seemed ready to break. I'd recommend just wading the creek below the log jam instead.

Also the descent gully loosened up quite a bit since last season, be extra careful in there, especially if anyone is below you.
By R.Walters
Jul 3, 2017
PSA/Rant: There is naturally a fair bit of loose rock on this exfoliation dome. Please tread lightly and be extremely careful when climbing above other parties. We were nearly struck by rockfall intentionally released by a party who were trying to clear bad rock from the memorial route on Saturday morning. If you must trundle, at least be absolutely certain there is no one around whatsoever (e.g., no other cars parked on the road, no one seen in the vicinity of the route/base all day, not on 4th-of-July weekend). It should go without saying, but this logic should extend to all climbing areas, particularly long routes where visibility becomes diminished after leaving the ground.
By Idaho Bob
From: McCall, ID
Sep 2, 2017
Today Jim Pace and I completed brushing and wind fall clearing on the Slickrock walkoff. Also trimmed the pungies on the log jam bridge over Lick Creek. All now in as good a condition as it ever gets. Go for it climbers!

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