Cathedral Rock

Elevation: 9,420 ft
Prominence: 320

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Climbing and access information for this peak is on Page 126 of the book. Livingston Douglas added the first photo. Updated November 2023

Cathedral Rock in the Bighorn Crags is one of Idaho’s most unique and impressive peaks. There are only technical routes to its tiny summit. Surprisingly, few climbers have tested its vertical walls. This is due, in part, to its remote location. I climbed this peak with Dana Hansen in 1984 via a one-pitch gully that separates the peak’s two summit blocks. We found a piton and webbing documenting a previous ascent but no summit register. It is unlikely that this peak has been climbed more than a handful of times since then. The peak’s rock is good, clean granite and there are lots of potential climbing lines waiting for first ascents. USGS Mount McGuire

Cathedral Rock as viewed from the southeast. Livingston Douglas Photo

One of Idaho's least known crags.

One of Idaho’s least-known crags

Cathedral Rock.

Cathedral Rock

The Class 5.3 route south summit Cathedral Rock climbs up this wall.

The Class 5.3 route to the south summit of Cathedral Rock climbs this wall

Dana Hansen on top of Cathedral Rock in 1984.

Dana Hansen on top of Cathedral Rock (1984)

A rusted piton we found on the route in 1984.

A rusty piton we found on the route (1984)

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Eastern Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 1984

Longitude: -114.54701   Latitude: 45.13511


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