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A great loop featuring two of the best descents in the lower foothills. Near Boise City, ID
Corrals Trail
A mellow ride that can be used to access Hard Guy or Bob's from either Bogus Basin Rd or 8th St. Near Boise City, ID
Hard Guy to Dry Creek Loop
A long climb that will test your legs and lungs, followed by a drop into a gorgeous shady drainage. Near Boise City, ID
Crestline Trail
A super highway that connects the tops of Kestrel Trail, Red Cliffs Trail, and Lower Hulls Gulch. Near Boise City, ID
Hard Guy
One of the better leg and lung buster ascents in the area. Near Garden City, ID
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Black Cliffs 


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Description 

The Black Cliffs provide year round climbing if you don't mind being cold in the winter. Summer days are really hot so spring and fall tend to be the best times a the Black Cliffs. The rock is all basalt. Access is easy and the cliffs usually aren't crowded. The guidebook Boise Climbs by Sandy Epeldi is a great thing to have if you are going to be climbing the Black Cliffs. You can pick it up at REI or Benchmark.


Getting There 

Take Highway 84 to the Gowen Rd/Highway 21 exit. Take Highway 21 towards Lucky Peak. The cliffs will be on both sides of the river. Park in the parking lots and choose a trail up.


141 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Black Cliffs:
Little Nest   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 60'   Populace Wall
Fat Ankles   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Mid Cliffs
Stems and Jammies   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 60'   Populace Wall
Sweet Adene   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 55'   Populace Wall
White Wash   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 55'   Populace Wall
Ajax   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Mid Cliffs
Surf's Up   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 60'   Face Canyon
Irreconcilable Differences   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 50'   Green Acres
Perception vs. Reality   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 55'   Populace Wall
Trimmed Bush   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 40'   Short Cliffs
Pabst Smear   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   West Car Body Canyon
Macabre Roof   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 50'   East Car Body Canyon
Stone Tools   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The New Fringe
Fairway to Heaven   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Green Acres
Circumciser   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   Tall Cliffs
The Garden   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 50'   Green Acres
Lights Out   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   Face Canyon
Bologna Pony   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   Short Cliffs
Unknown Leon   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Short Cliffs
In Your Face   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Face Canyon
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The garden 5.10

The Garden 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  ID : Black Cliffs : Green Acres
Finger Lock and Jam heaven! Those with small hands will be rewarded on this sustained climb. Excellent crack climbing and technical stemming. The crack can feel a bit greasy on a hot day....[more]   Browse More Classics in ID

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By bheller
From: SL UT
May 22, 2010

Some of my best days at the black cliffs were on sunny cold winter days on the south facing cliffs and blistering hot days spent hiding in the shade on the north facing cliffs. The north and south sides have entireley different approaches. Consult Epeldi's book for the best published info for the south side approaches. The black cliffs can be a really fun place to climb, but it is by no means a destination. Out of the 100's of climbs, most are boringly similar. There are a handful of standouts though. The area is composed of numerous crags that are in close proximity. Digging in my memory for the standout sport climbs...Bologne Pony 10d-short cliffs, Unknown Leon 11a-short cliffs, Jet Screamin Hooter Queens 11b-tall cliffs, Pictures of Lily 11b-west car body canyon, Men Who Pause 11d-scary canyon, Beef Curtain 10d-scary canyon, Boise Gun Fighter 11d-scary canyon, The Groveller 11d-the dark side, Chassin a Snake 11d-the dark side, Sexual Underground 11c-easter island, Ehrlichman 12c-the nixon head, Watergate 13a-the nixon head.

By Trevor.
Mar 13, 2014

A heads up to all Black Cliffs climbers: There is a lot of loose rock up there right now. I've had several holds break this spring and I've seen several sketchy loose blocks I don't remember being loose last season. It seems like the freeze-thaw cycles loosened some stuff this winter. Be careful out there!