The Dark Side Rock Climbing
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This crag is host to a handful of nice sport and traditional routes on the south side of the Boise River, directly above the diversion dam. Facing NNE, the wall is sunny in the early morning and generally goes into the shade before noon.
From downtown Boise, head out Warm Springs Ave until its intersection with Highway 21. Rather than turning left to go up-river, turn right and drive ~1 mile up the hill on the highway, turning left into the Oregon Trail interpretive site. Keep an eye out for E Lake Forest Dr on the right hand side as it is directly across the road and makes for a good marker.
If coming from I-84, this intersection will be found a few miles down Highway 21 (Gowen Rd).
From here, approach as for Green Acres
, hiking close to the rim of the canyon, staying left when possible. It is roughly .75 mile to Green Acres
and the Dark Side can be found by hiking just a minute past it.
Climbing Season For the Black Cliffs area.
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Dark Side
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Dark Side:
Featured Route For The Dark Side
Floating on Gravel 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Idaho
: Black Cliffs
: The Dark Side
This climb starts out as a scaly chosswidth, but it turns into quality climbing once you get through the first 15 feet or so. From the ground, climb the scaly but easy wide crack. The rock quality cleans up considerable once you reach the roof with a hand crack in it. You can clip a bolt on the 5.12 route TVOD at this point if you want. After pulling the first roof, work your way up the left arching 4" crack. Now you're under a roof split by two cracks ranging from about 1-3", with a surprising ...[more] Browse More Classics in Idaho