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Rock Climb Trail Creek Road

Mackay, Idaho

based on 1 reviews


Added by Gabi Robledo

This local climbing area is incredibly scenic and perfect if you're looking for easy climbs and an epic wilderness experience!

This local gem is still in the works, as at the time of writing this there are only 5 TR routes and 1 sport route however the views are absolutely epic from the climbing area. The place doesn't exist in climbing books and we have the Elephant Perch mountain store to thank for the discovery.  Plus, this place has AMAZING free camping like the rest of Idaho state does.

To get there, take Sun Valley Road east out of Sun Valley. After five or six miles the road becomes a one lane dirt road that definitely doesn't require 4wd (we took our 2wd motorhome up it just fine). About 6 more miles and you'll see Park Creek Campground on your left than only a mile further you'll see a left turn called Little Fall Creek Road on your left (AKA forest road 502).

For the first few minutes the road is fine with 2wd but after you see a large pullout on your right, which is an absolutely epic free campsite, you'll need 4wd. The coordinates for the campsite are about 43.849566, -114.250343 .  Two miles on this road and you'll see the mountains appear in front of you. Park at any pullout within those two miles. The further you go the worse the road gets so it's up to you (and your car) to decide how close to park.  The directions given here are the furthest the road goes. Once you walk to the end of the road where it crosses the creek, walk right up the scree.

The slab-like face directly in front of you is the top rope wall. Walk up the scree on the left side of the face to top rope the routes. The left-most route is easiest to TR and each route further gets harder to TR. All five routes are about 5.6 to 5.9. 

The one sport route is accessed by going up the scree but heading west instead of going straight up, there is a cairn at the base of the wall. You can walk between the two walls really easily. From the TR (top-rope) wall you'll see a gravelly climbers trail right by the belay spot for the first two routes. The route is about a 5.7 but has only three bolts over 60-70 feet which ends at anchors with rappel rings. Easy and fun but run out. 

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Rock Climb Trail Creek Road Reviews

We found this spot, and had a fun little day of cragging, but a correction to the directions provided here: The area is uphill and to the right when you get to THE FIRST CREEK CROSSING. It is just about one mile from the turnoff from Trail Creek Road. It is definitely NOT at the “end of the road” as stated here. I know this because we walked all the way up to the end of the road looking for the crag. That’s about 3 miles, and there is a cool old cabin up there, but no crag.

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