Welcome to Idaho A Climbing Guide–the website.

The purpose of the site is to provide Idaho mountain climbers, scramblers and peak baggers with source information for climbs throughout Idaho. The site includes basic information, updates on information in the book, new routes, photos, maps and information provided by other Idaho climbers. There are hundreds of routes and peaks included on the site that are not found in the book as well as updated access information and thousands of photos.

Please read the Ratings Game page to understand how routes are rated.

Please read Trespassing and the Idaho Code, A Primer, to help keep your climbs legal.

Please read our Be Careful page to help you stay mindful that climbing is a dangerous activity.

Climbed a new route? Know about access issues? Leave an update and help support Idaho’s climbing community.

Most Popular Pages: Borah Standard Route; Grand Slam Peaks; Mountain Ranges

What’s New?

Sherman Peak from the north.

November 5, 2018. Super Contributor, Livingston Douglas, climbed 107 peaks in southeast Idaho in August and September. He has provided valuable access updates and route information for each of his ascents. This “What’s New” entry covers his climbs in the impressive Bear River Range. Road and trail access in the range has changed significantly since the book was published—in some cases. Livingston’s … Continue reading

Introduction to Idaho: A Climbing Guide

The opportunities for those who enjoy climbing mountains are unlimited in Idaho. This guidebook is an idea book and a starting point for mountaineers, hikers, and explorers. In the ten years since Exploring Idaho’s Mountains was published, Idaho’s population has skyrocketed, Boise has become a city and Coeur d’Alene a major resort destination. Surprisingly, this growth has had a positive … Continue reading

Pins and Needles Climbing Guide.

The Pins and Needles Climbing Guide is now available on this website. This climbing area is located at the southern end of the Lick Creek subrange of the Salmon River Mountains northeast of Cascade, Idaho. It is an area of solid granite spires, pinnacles and walls centered around Needles Peak. The guide covers many of the bolted technical routes and is complete … Continue reading

Best Maps Ever’s Newest Release—Idaho Fire Lookouts

Best Maps Ever, an Idaho company, has just published its newest map in the company’s Idaho series. This one covers Idaho fire lookouts. These poster maps are a great resource for Idaho peakbaggers and mountain enthusiasts. In addition to the newest product you can buy the following titles: Idaho 2000+ Prominence Peaks, Idaho Eleveners, Idaho County High Points and Idaho Mountain … Continue reading

P.A. Campbell Hit a Grand Slam on June 10th, 2018

P.A. Campbell

Congratulations are due P.A. Campbell who climbed all four Grand Slams Peaks on Sunday, June 10, 2018. This is the first report of someone climbing all four peaks in one day using a traditional vehicle shuttle. Erik Pohlmann completed all four peaks without using a vehicle in May of 2016 and an anonymous group of endurance runners made the journey … Continue reading

Boise National Forest Fire Lookouts

The Thorn Creek Butte lookout has seen better days but the view is still spectacular.

Fire Lookouts are a great way to experience the mountain world. I just discovered a Boise National Forest brochure (linked below) that covers most of the existing fire lookouts on the forest and provides brief access information for each. (All of these mountains have pages on this website.) Fire lookout sites were chosen because of their commanding views. You will … Continue reading

Idaho County High Points

Forty-one of Idaho’s mountain peaks serve as the highest points in forty-two of Idaho’s 44 counties. The highest elevations in Jerome and Gooding counties are not mountain peaks. Out of staters Ken Jones and Bob Packard were the first to reach all the Idaho county high points. Dan Robbins was the first Idaho resident to reach the summit of all … Continue reading

Saving Our Trails: The Idaho Trails Association In Action

The Idaho Trails Association is an outstanding organization that not only maintains Idaho’s mountain trails but is also literally saving many of Idaho’s trails from extinction. The ITA is looking for volunteers for its 2018 projects. As you will see from perusing the ITA’s website volunteers find the experience rewarding. You can sign up at this link: 2018 Projects. If … Continue reading

Kelly Lance’s Self Propelled 12er Traverse

At journeys end—better spiritually for the wear and tear.

Kelly Lance’s impressive self propelled 2017 Labor Day weekend traverse of the Idaho 12ers, covering 119 miles in 87 hours, is recounted in the following article ‘From Diamond Peak to Hyndman Peak: Kelly Lance’s 12er Traverse.’  It is a story combing  the best of what we all seek in the mountains with unbelievable endurance and grit set in Idaho’s highest … Continue reading

Pat Mcgrane’s Wildhorse Classics climbing guide.

Pat Mcgrane‘s Wildhorse Classics guide to the fantastic peaks surrounding the Wildhorse Creek drainage in the Pioneer Mountains demonstrates that the range deserve equal billing with the Sawtooths when discussing Idaho’s best technical alpine climbing. (Pat’s guide is a big file, 46 pages with lots of photos, so give it a bit of time to load.) Please thank Pat for this great contribution … Continue reading

Brandon Prince is our Newest Contributor.

Brandon Prince is the newest contributor to the website. Brandon is a top level technical climber with many difficult Sawtooth climbs on his resume. His first contribution is an essay on climbing Warbonnet Peak entitle: Warbonnet Peak and the fine art of “Not Giving Up.” I think you will enjoy Brandon’s perspective on climbing one of Idaho’s most challenging summits. Warbonnet Peak … Continue reading

Mount Borah Updates and Revisions

Mount Borah is unquestionably Idaho’s most popular summit. Associate Editor Margo Mandella has done a spectacular job reworking all of the Borah content on the website. Thanks to Margo, the content is now professionally presented for your reading enjoyment. Thanks also to the many climbers who have contributed to the Borah content including Dave Pahlas, John Platt, Dean Lords, Wes … Continue reading

The Breath of God by Joe Leonard

Joe Leonard has provided us with another riveting chapter from his book Son of the Madam Mustang Ranch. This story, The Breath of God, involves a winter climb on Mount Shasta. Like all of Joe’s writing you wil find yourself caught up in the struggle with the mountain and life. Read the Breath of God. … Continue reading

Larry Prescott R.I.P

Sadly, my friend and fellow climber Larry Prescott passed away during a climb in the Lemhi Range yesterday. Larry was an exceptional human being and I will miss his company in the mountains, miss his good nature and positive attitude and miss his trip reports. Condolences to his family and friends. Larry Prescott The Heart of the Lost River Range. … Continue reading

John Platt Completes the Box Lake USGS Quad Peaks

Last week John Platt completed all the ranked peaks found on the Box Lake USGS quadrangle. While many southern Idaho climbers think the world begins and ends in eastern Idaho’s Lost River Mountain Range, John has methodically demonstrated that the Lick Creek subrange of the Salmon River Mountains is a granitic wonderland for climbers. The Box Lake quad is arguably … Continue reading

Lyman Dye’s Memoir

Lyman Dye has provided a memoir for our reading enjoyment, Heeding The Call of the Mountains. Lyman is one of the giants of Idaho climbing and his many first ascents are documented in the book. He operated the first climbing guide service in the Sawtooths and also guided climbers, including the Iowa Mountaineers and the Mazamas on many first ascents. … Continue reading

Mount Borah Warning

There is no shortcut that bypasses Chicken Out Ridge on Borah’s Standard Route. Wes Collins of the Butte County Sheriff”s Department reports that he has responded to three Search and Rescue events on Mount Borah involving climbers who got lost or stranded after attempting a bypass of Chicken Out Ridge (COR). All of these climbers reported they heard about a … Continue reading

Seeking Solitude: 4 Ways to Explore Idaho’s Rugged Gospel Hump Wilderness by Pete Zimowsky

Check out this fine article if you have or are  contemplating a visit to Idaho’s least known Wilderness, the Gospel Hump Wilderness: Seeking Solitude: 4 Ways to Explore Idaho’s Rugged Gospel Hump Wilderness by Pete Zimowsky, 2016. In 1978, Congress designated 206,053 acres land east of Riggins, Idaho, and north of the Salmon River as the Gospel-Hump Wilderness. The terrain varies … Continue reading