City Of Rocks

Too Much Fun

Flaming rock with its classic Raindance route.

We love the City Of Rocks! Something about the white granite domes rising out of the beautiful green pastures of southern Idaho – add to that super fun climbing and it’s almost heaven. We’ve been trying to visit the place at least once a year since our first trip there in the summer of 2002. Though it’s a solid 10 hour push from Portland, it’s definitely doable on a regular weekend with a bit driving overtime. So many more lines we’d like to try there…we’ll be back!

Trip Reports Listed Chronologically

Rye Crisp

Shirley leading Rye Crisp (5.8).

  • “City Of Rocks 2012” (June 2012)
  • “More Idaho Failures” (July 2011)
  • “Quick Turkey Day Roadtrip” (November 2009)
  • “Quick Trip To The City” (May 2009)
  • “The Good Times” (June 2008)
  • “Weekend In The City” (May 2006)
  • “Some More Desert Stuff” (April 2006)
  • “49-Hour Road Trip” (October 2005)
  • “Third City Of Rocks Trip” (June 2003)
  • “Second City Of Rocks Trip” (April 2003)
  • “First Idaho Trip” (June 2002)
  • Alphabetical List Of Routes

    Upper Breadloaves

    What next? Shirley and Blondie checking out the guidebook over some beers (June 2012).

    The routes Shirley or I have led at the City Of Rocks. Note that if a route appears more than once in the list, the two links point to different trip reports (chances are, we both took turns leading it and likely on different trips). Enjoy.

    A-D
    Tide Country

    Leading Tide Country (5.10a).

  • Animal Cracker (5.10a)
  • Aspen Leaf (5.9)
  • Batwings (5.8+)
  • Bloody Fingers (5.10a)
  • Bloody Fingers (5.10a)
  • Beauty And The Beast (5.10a)
  • Bloody Fingers (5.10a)
  • Carol’s Crack (5.8)
  • Classic Route Lost Arrow Spire (5.7)
  • Colombian Crack (5.7)
  • Cruel Shoes (5.7)
  • Delay Of Game (5.8)
  • Donini’s Crack (5.10)
  • Double Cracks (5.10a)
  • F-P
    Colombian Crack

    Haydar on Colombian Crack (5.7).

  • Fred Rasmussen (5.8)
  • Funky Bolt (5.9)
  • Funky Bolt (5.9)
  • Hough’s Crack (5.7)
  • Interceptor (5.11a)
  • Interceptor (5.11a)
  • Intruding Dike (5.7)
  • Intruding Dike (5.7)
  • Just Say No (5.9)
  • Lost Pioneers (5.10a)
  • New York Is Not The City (5.10a)
  • Norma’s Book (5.6)
  • Private Idaho (5.9)
  • R-T
    Batwings

    Shirley on the crux of Batwings (5.8+).

  • Rye Crisp (5.8)
  • Rye Crisp (5.8)
  • Scream Cheese (5.9)
  • Skyline (5.8)
  • Snakes And Ladders (5.9)
  • Theater Of Shadows (5.7)
  • Thin Slice (5.10a)
  • Thin Slice (5.10a)
  • Tide Country (5.10a)
  • Tide Country (5.10a)
  • Too Much Fun (5.8)
  • Tow Away Zone (5.10a)
  • Twist And Crawl (5.8)
  • U-Z
    Funky Bolt

    Shirley on the Funky Bolt route (5.9).

  • Unknown on Bath Rock (5.4)
  • Unknown on Practice Rock (5.6)
  • Unknown on Window Rock (5.6)
  • Wheat Thin (5.7)
  • Wheat Thin (5.7)
  • Z-Cracks (5.9)
  • Life In The City

    City Of Rocks

    Blondie also keeping an eye out for danger!


    City Of Rocks

    Martin, Shirley and Haydar enjoying (liquid) breakfast in City Of Rocks (June 2006).


    City Of Rocks

    A rainbow over City Of Rocks (…or the BLM land next door) after a brief thunderstorm (2006).


    City Of Rocks

    Shirley, Martin, and Haydar enjoying a campfire after our fist day of climbing in City Of Rocks (June 2006).