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3 Beginner-Friendly Rock Climbing Adventures in Idaho

With a diverse array of trad, sport, mixed, crack, and patina pocket climbing opportunities, Idaho is a paradise for climbers.

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Idaho has been dubbed "The Gem State" for good reason. The jagged mountain ranges and smaller, local crags provide over 1,500 different climbing routes in Idaho with gorgeous views of incredible terrain. Each climbing route has a unique perspective to offer, so climbers exploring Idaho's cannot go wrong. To help you choose, we've compiled a list of the three of the best beginner and family-friendly climbing adventures across the state. 

1. Climbing in Idaho's City of Rocks

Photo: James Troxwell

Idaho’s City of Rocks offers stunning scenery and some of the best climbing opportunities in all of Idaho. The variety of routes and climbing spots means beginners and experienced climbers alike will have plenty of options to explore. There are ample camping locations and hiking trails nearby as well. 

2. Rock Climb Trail Creek Road

Photo: Gabi Robledo

Trail Creek Road is located just outside of Sun Valley, Idaho and is easily accessible from Stanley and Hailey Idaho. Trail Creek Road is perfect for all skill levels, even for children, as the approach is easy and the routes can be top-roped. As you approach the top rope wall, take note that the routes progress from easiest to most difficult from left to right. The routes range from 5.6 to 5.9 You can find scenic and peaceful camping nearby at Park Creek Campground.

3. Rock Climbing at Post Falls

Photo: Roark Nelson

Located just outside of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls provides diverse and fun routes with easy approaches. Many routes allow for top roping as you can easily hike to the top. All of the rock at Post Falls is very accessible and the area features many bouldering options in addition to top rope climbs. 

After a long day of rock climbing, check out one of the infamous breweries or restaurants that Idaho has to offer for a well-deserved meal. To start planning your trip today, check out Visit Idaho for more information.  

Cover photo: James Troxwell

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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